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New report on red tide recommends reducing pollution, other strategies

Is it just me, or does red tide seem to plague Florida’s southwestern coast every summer? Red tide — the result of naturally occurring algae that increase in number during warm months — kills fish and other sea life, creates breathing problems for some people and drives beachgoers away from the shore.

A new report on red tide by a division of Mote Marine Laboratory takes a detailed look at red tide and what we can do to ease it, according to a Charlotte Sun-Herald article. The article says the report recommends reducing pollution, studying ways to control red tide, looking at ways technology might help red tide, improving how we monitor red tide blooms and improving how we oversee red tide research and management.

Many environmentalists have speculated that red tides have been increasing due to polluted runoff, and while the report apparently maintains that can’t be proven, it says pollution could be a factor — and pollution needs to be addressed anyway, so that’s why reducing pollution is one of the recommendations.

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4H project: Restore staghorn coral in Keys

” ‘4-H, you think of growing pigs, cows and chickens,’ [Ken] Nedimyer laughs.  ‘We said, we’ll grow coral.’ ”

I love this coral restoration story, by NBC News. A Keys native who makes his living selling tropical fish online discovered endangered staghorn coral growing in his own tank. So when his teenage daughter needed a 4H project, they decided to work with Mote Marine Laboratory to help restore the coral, planting the staghorn to help revive dying reefs.

The article also mentions the Florida “Protect Our Reefs” license plate, whose funds go to Mote to aid in research on dying reefs — and that’s the license plate on my car!

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Scallops, other invertebrates dying off Sanibel Island

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