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Resource Guide for Public Health Response to Harmful Algal Blooms in Florida

The Resource Guide for Public Health Response to Harmful Algal Blooms in Florida, Technical Report 14, is a joint report of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Florida Department of Health developed to support the Florida HAB Task Force’s legislated mandate (F.S. Ch. 379.2271). Originally published in 2009, that report expanded on and updated information identified in the HAB Task Force’s Technical Advisory Group’s 1999 report Harmful Algal Blooms in Florida (“White Paper”). In addition, it provided technical information and presented a methodology to assist state and local governments and county health departments develop integrated public health environmental monitoring response plans to HABs.

In support of the 2019 reconvened HAB Task Force priority recommendations, this report has been updated in 2021 to reflect current knowledge and practices in HAB science and management. It is designed as a user-friendly guide to assist local entities in developing response plans for HABs specific to their regional needs.

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Resource Guide for Public Health Response to Harmful Algal Blooms in Florida, 2nd edition

These preprint versions of chapters and appendices have been made available while the 2021 report undergoes the final stage of the review process.

 

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Title page, acknowledgement, contributors, and executive summary

Chapter 1: Background on Harmful Algal Blooms in Florida

Chapter 2: Regulations and Guidelines

Chapter 3: Monitoring, Data Management and Reporting

Chapter 4: Response

Chapter 5: Communication and Outreach

Chapter 6: Prevention, Control and Mitigation

Chapter 7: Conclusions and Recommendations

Appendices: