Past HAB Projects
FWRI's HAB scientists have conducted numerous research projects in
support of the study of harmful algal blooms and their effects.
Read about some of these past projects.
The ECOHAB: Florida program is part of a national, coordinated
study of regional harmful algal blooms in the United States.
This new method of sampling was developed for the St. Johns River
in northeast Florida. The Monitoring and Event Response for Harmful
Algal Blooms (MERHAB) program began in 1999 and was a 3-year,
comprehensive study of the lower St. Johns River estuary.
Between 2007 and 2009, FWRI administered a competitive grant
program that solicited proposals to evaluate or implement projects
exploring environmentally acceptable techniques or technologies for
red tide control or mitigation.
Numerous aquatic organisms may be introduced into nonnative
environments when commercial cargo ships exchange ballast water
with nearshore waters. FWRI is investigating the risks of
potentially harmful microalgae entering Tampa Bay through ballast