Coral Dust & Red Tide

Precht, Bill Bprecht at
Fri Aug 31 22:13:29 EDT 2001

Dear Coral-list:

Yesterday I posted a press release about the possible linkage between
African dust and red tide blooms in the Gulf of Mexico.

I am neither a dust or red tide specialist...for those interested, however,
there have been numerous notes on the coral-list regarding the possible
effects of dust fallout on reef ecosystems (see this AM's post by Gene Shinn
of the USGS in St. Petersburg, FL).

In addition, I have attached a number of hot-links and recent news posts for
red-tide stuff.

I hope this helps answer any queries.


Bill Precht
Ecological Sciences Program Manager

Fish kill disposal test on Boca Grande red tide encouraging

August 31, 2001

Associated Press

BOCA GRANDE - The use of oil spill cleanup technology to prevent fish kills
from reaching beaches has been encouraging, scientists said Thursday after
testing it on a red tide outbreak in the Gulf of Mexico.

An oil spill recovery vessel collected dead fish, pumped them through a
chopping mechanism and then released the remains back into the water
Wednesday. The test took place at a site were the toxic algae had bloomed
south of Boca Grande on Florida's southwest coast.

"(The) test run gives us reason to remain optimistic," said Jeremy
Whatmough, president of a Longboat Key-based citizens group called Solutions
to Avoid Red Tide, or START.

The group is part of the Harmful Algal Bloom Alliance that also includes the
Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota and the state's Florida Marine Research
Institute based at St. Petersburg. Both also participated in the experiment.


Red tide not only kills fish, it makes shellfish toxic and causes
respiratory problems for humans. Research by University of South Florida
scientists indicates the blooms may be triggered by iron in clouds of dust
that blow from the Sahara Desert and fall into the gulf. <end>

Miami Herald

Toxic algae bloom off southwest Florida gulf coast killing fish

August 29, 2001

Latest count shows record number of manatees in Florida

January 11, 2001

... and 45 reported dead in Lee County. The statewide number was the highest
since 1996, an anomalous year when 415 were killed due to an outbreak of red
tide. Seventy-eight manatees were killed in collisions with watercraft,
according to the marine research institute. Five manatees in Collier were
killed ...

Start - Solutions To Avoid Red Tide

About Red Tide
Michael Henry, Mote Marine Laboratory, Sarasota, Florida

Ecotopics International News Service

What is START? by Rob Haglund. START (Solutions To Avoid Red Tide), a grass
roots, non-profit, citizen organization dedicated to funding and promoting
efforts ...

Red Tide Monitoring

Be sure to check out our Red Tide Poster for more information and pictures!
Informative links: ...

Red Tide fact sheet

Red Tide and Harmful Algal Blooms

... NOAA) grant to the National Office for Marine Biotoxins and Harmful
Algal Blooms at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Dr. Don Anderson,
Director. ...  Description: Introduces kids to algal blooms, a case where
algae is environmentally hazardous.

ECOHAB. The Ecology and Oceanography of Harmful Algal Blooms.

Harmful Algal Blooms - Homepage

... Biotoxin team members Link to description of marine biotoxins Link to
descripton of Harmful Algal Blooms Link to NWFSC Biotoxin and HTML current
research Link ...

Toxic red tides and harmful algal blooms: A practical challenge in coastal
oceanography. ...

NOAA CSC Harmful Algal Bloom Forecasting Project
... Harmful Algal Bloom Forecasting Project. Concerns about harmful algal
blooms (HAB) have increased


Harmful Algal Blooms

Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Research and Control Act by National Centers
for Coastal Ocean Science. ...

Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs)

... Harmful Algal Blooms. ECOHAB: Florida A
comprehensive HAB site with both general and Florida-specific information.

"Red Tide Photos"

Harmful Algal Bloom Photo Gallery. ... visible" phytoplankton blooms.
California Noctiluca Bloom, Florida Red Tide Bloom of Gymnodinium breve. ...

Cawthron's harmful algal bloom research

... Dr Karen Steidinger at the Florida Marine Research Institute thanks to
... being successfully used by the harmful algal bloom monitoring team to
provide a ...

2000 Progress Report: ECOHAB: Control of Harmful Algal Blooms ...
Ecology and Oceanography of Harmful Algal Blooms ... species found in US
waters (the Florida red tide dinoflagellate Gymnodinium breve ...

1997 STAR Recipients - Harmful Algal Blooms

... Florida Dept. of Envir. Protection; Florida Marine Research Inst. (FL),
Fate ... Monterey Bay (CA), Influence of Harmful Algal Blooms on the
Distribution and ...

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