This page represents the latest information on harmful algae blooms in Florida and has been compiled by an editorial team consisting of:
Karl Havens, Former Director of Florida Sea Grant
Lisa Krimsky, Sea Grant Regional Specialized Agent for Water Resources with UF/IFAS Extension
Rhett Register, Communications Coordinator, Florida Sea Grant
Becca Burton, Communications Manager, UF Thompson Earth Systems Institute
In recent years, harmful algal blooms, or HABs, have wreaked havoc in Florida’s inland and coastal waters. Blooms, which are an overabundance of algae, can create toxins that harm aquatic life and cause health problems in humans and pets. When the blooms die, their decomposition lowers oxygen levels in the water further impacting fish and other wildlife. Explore the links below to learn more.