HAB Historical Database
Florida's HAB historical database is one of the largest and longest
continually recorded electronic HAB databases in the United States.
Articles in this section explain how red tide data collection has
evolved over the years and how to interpret the data accurately.
Also presented is a table showing that red tides have occurred off
the west coast of Florida for more than 160 years.
Two statisticians were recently commissioned to conduct an
independent evaluation of the Institute's historic red tide
Florida's historical red tide sampling effort was directed toward event response. Today, the sampling effort has changed and increased substantially.
As shown in this table, red tides have occurred off the west coast of Florida for more than 168 years (current through 2011).