Red Tides of the West Florida Shelf: Science and Management

Karenia newsletter coverKarenia brevis is a toxic dinoflagellate that blooms almost annually off the west coast of Florida. This newsletter and supporting fact sheet highlight the results of the NOAA ECOHAB: Karenia nutrient dynamics in the eastern Gulf of Mexico project; a five year, multi-institutional research program designed to utilize scientific expertise in a collaborative laboratory, field, and modeling program. The study aimed to identify the diverse interannual physical, chemical, and biological conditions that are responsible for K. brevis blooms on the west Florida shelf, with a specific aim of identifying and quantifying nutrient sources supporting K. brevis blooms.