Fish and Wildlife Research Institute

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Current Projects

FWRI's HAB researchers work to improve the scientific understanding of harmful algal blooms in coastal and estuarine environments. Read about some of the research projects currently in progress.



Time-Series Sampling in Pinellas and Manatee Counties

Researchers conduct detailed sampling to better understand when, where and under what conditions harmful algal blooms form.

Tampa Bay Monitoring Program

Researchers monitor 10 sites in Old Tampa Bay for the presence of, or conditions favorable to, harmful algal blooms.

Red Tide Offshore Monitoring Program

Learn about the program and how to become a volunteer, collecting water samples around the state to help scientists monitor the Florida red tide.

Monitoring Toxic Algae Species and Shellfish in the Indian River Lagoon (2002-present)

Periodic testing of water samples and clams provides an early warning of bloom occurrences and shellfish toxicity and minimizes the risk of human exposure to saxitoxins.


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American shad are anadromous, which means they live in salt water but spawn in fresh water.

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