Red Tide – Team Response
Red Tide Media Events

Meeting at FWRI 11-1-18

Today, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and Florida Department of Environmental Protection leadership highlighted continued red tide response, including enhanced testing efforts, technology and equipment to support impacted communities, at a media availability at the FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute.
Gov. Rick Scott announced today that DEP committed an additional $3 million to Pinellas County through DEP’s red tide emergency funding, bringing the total for Pinellas County to $6.3 million. In addition to this funding, Gov. Scott is allocating another $3 million to DEP’s red tide emergency funding to ensure other communities have access to the resources they need to combat the impacts of this naturally-occurring phenomenon.
This grant funding is in addition to $765,000 that Gov. Scott yesterday allocated to fund additional FWC scientists and field and laboratory equipment to support efforts to mitigate the impacts of naturally-occurring red tide.
Additionally, this week DEP announced that it had committed nearly $1.3 million in grant funding for cleanup on the Atlantic coast. FWC and DEP leadership met yesterday with local partners on the east coast to discuss the enhanced efforts. To date, DEP has awarded more than $13.4 million in funding to support efforts to battle red tide, not including the additional $3 million in grant funding now available.
Support from Gov. Scott and teamwork among partners have been critical in responding to this event to protect public health, support communities and conserve fish, wildlife and their habitats.


Meeting in Palm Bay 10-31-18

Red tide meeting topics: Enhanced testing efforts, technology and equipment to support impacted communities in #Florida #RedTide


Media event held at FWRI
10/3/18:

FWC, partners highlight technology used to research and monitor red tide

Scientists at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Fish and Wildlife Research Institute provided updates, demonstrated technology used to research and monitor naturally-occurring red tide, and highlighted the innovative public-private partnerships that support impacted communities and combat red tide.

Support from Gov. Rick Scott and teamwork among partners has been critical in responding to this event to protect public health, support communities and conserve fish, wildlife and their habitats.

Leaders in attendance:

Eric Sutton, FWC Executive Director

Noah Valenstein, Secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection

Jackie Dixon, Dean of the University of South Florida’s College of Marine Science

Michael. P. Crosby, President and CEO of Mote Marine Laboratory


Media event held at Mote Marine Lab 9/24/18

Red tide – Team response effort
When responding to events that impact public health and our fish, wildlife and their habitats, we work as part of a team. Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Florida Department of Health, and FWC met today at Mote Marine Lab to discuss innovative technologies for response to naturally-occurring red tide. One of Mote’s various options under discussion is expansion of an Ozone Treatment System, which will benefit from a portion of the nearly $2.2 million Gov. Scott directed toward fighting red tide.
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