FFWCC awards UF/IFAS Florida Sea Grant $92K to create communication plan alerting public of expected Florida red tide events

FORT PIERCE, Fla. – Harmful algal blooms (HABs) of the toxin-producing dinoflagellate Karenia brevis occur regularly within the Gulf of Mexico. Despite the frequency of these red tide events and the amount of publicly available information, there persists a gap in knowledge about the organism itself, management actions, and the real and perceived health risks to Florida’s residents and tourists.   …

Attendees of UF Water Symposium pose together for picture

Science Writing Workshop at 7th Annual UF Water Institute Symposium

As part of an effort to share Florida’s biggest water stories with broader audiences, University of Florida Water Institute, the UF Thompson Earth Systems Institute, Florida Sea Grant and the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences have organized the first-ever Water Resources Journalism Intensive (WRJI), a crash course on how to cover a scientific conference for journalism students pursuing careers in science writing…

New Position to Help Communicate Algal Bloom Research

At a time when red tide and other harmful algal blooms are increasingly in the news and on people’s minds, Florida Sea Grant is teaming with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) to provide bloom information to audiences that need it most. State agencies, local governments, businesses, researchers…

Algal bloom (reddish-brown algae next to blue water)

Florida Sea Grant and UF/IFAS Host HABs State of the Science Symposium

  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…