HAB General Information
This section defines harmful algal blooms and red tides.
Florida red tides occur almost every year in the Gulf of Mexico and can harm marine animals and humans.
Report a fish kill or other wildlife effects, consult health authorities about human exposure, or locate other resources.
Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism, produces brevetoxins, toxins harmful to fish, marine mammals and birds.
A harmful algal bloom (HAB) is the proliferation of a toxic or nuisance algae.
Taxonomists revise species descriptions and classifications as scientific techniques improve. Karenia brevis, the new name for Florida's red tide organism, has undergone several taxonomic reclassifications.
Cyanobacteria, or blue-green algae, are commonly found as individual cells, clumps, filaments or large mats in Florida's lakes, rivers and estuaries.
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