Red Tide Water Quality Assessment Research Cruise
Based on workshops with stakeholders on Florida’s southwest coast, serious concerns were highlighted regarding the impacts of red tide not only on fish populations, but also on habitat, the commercial and for-hire fishing businesses, aquaculture, tourism and human health.
NOAA invited FWRI biologists along with multiple partners on a South Florida Ecosystems research cruise aboard the R/V Walton Smith: October 12-19, to sample the ongoing red tide on the southwest Florida Shelf. The focus will be on quantifying human health and ecosystem impacts from the red tide event.
These cruises have been investigating coastal water quality in south Florida every other month since the late 1990s. This cruise is being enhanced and modified to better capture the response of south Florida coastal water quality to the current red tide event occurring in the southwest Florida shelf.

Read more on the research cruise objectives and get updates, here: bit.ly/2Okk95T
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