Sunday, November 26, 2006

Florida algae bloom kills seagrass

Slime is winning in some of southern Florida's bays; seagrass beds are being killed by a smothering algae bloom, with no cure in sight.

The damage is where populated southeastern Florida drips into the Keys, Biscayne Bay and Florida Bay. Nutrient runoff is a suspected cause, from a canal and a road project that used mulched mangroves.

The biggest worry is that an accelerating cycle of algae bloom and decay could create a low oxygen dead zone and wipe out marine life, similar to an event a decade ago.

Efforts are underway to educate people on nutrients and algae, but there's a long ways to go.

Florida is a great ocean state, and we know what's needed to make things better. Come on, Florida, we know you can do it!! The mermaids of Weeki Wachee are watching.


Anonymous said...

Re: Algal Blooms
Recently the LA times did a really interesting / horrific piece on the future of the oceans, entitled "Altered Oceans" and i learned that these algal blooms known locally as "red tide" are creating a poisonous substance called Demoic Acid. It just so happens that demoic acid is a neuro-toxin in sea mammals, such as sea lions, and causing them to attack people. a truly good site, nice videos and diagrams.

ps, thank you for your blog, I'm a student of renewable energy and design in Canada and i know the oceans are too important to loose.,0,7842752.special
this is the site.

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