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Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) Grant Program

FWC’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute’s Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) Grant Program supports projects that address  priority recommendations of the HAB Task Force. Annual funding opportunities may be provided by either competitive or targeted solicitations.


2020-2021 Funded Projects

Development of a red tide communications plan for Florida

Principal Investigator: Lisa Krimsky, Florida Sea Grant, University of Florida
Co-Principal Investigators: Elizabeth Staugler, Dr. Nancy Montes, Florida Sea Grant, UF; Dr. Chris Simoniello, Texas A&M University
Summary: The goal of the proposed project is to advance red tide communications by aligning practitioner needs with end-user wants by developing a better social science understanding of preferred red tide information, formats and delivery modes.
Award: $92,471, 1 year
Final Reports: Project summary and outcomes reports are available on the UF Sea Grant project webpage

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An in situ holographic imaging system for measuring distributions of Karenia brevis

Principal Investigator: Dr. Aditya Nayak, Florida Atlantic University
Co-Principal Investigators: Dr. Timothy Moore, Dr. Malcolm McFarland, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, FAU; Dr. Lisa Nyman, FAU; Chad Lembke, University of South Florida; Jason Law, USF
Summary: The proposed project will further develop a novel imaging technology system to improve real-time detection of Karenia brevis in water. The technology is expected to examine large bodies of water at faster rates and greater range of detection than current technologies, significantly enhancing current red tide monitoring efforts in western Florida.
Award: $234,433, 1 year
Final Reports: Outcomes and future directions

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Field deployable measurement of aerosolized brevetoxins from Karenia brevis using colorimetric immunoassay

Principal Investigator: Dr. Myoseon Jang, University of Florida
Co-Principal Investigator: Dr. Dail Laughinghouse, University of Florida
Contractor Lead: Dr. Jennifer R McAll, Seatox Research
Summary: In this project, a colorimetric immunoassay will be developed for measurement of brevetoxins in aerosolized Karenia brevis cultures. It will lay the foundation for future development of a field-deployable, competitive-type colorimetric enzyme immunoassay for monitoring of aerosolized brevetoxin B during K. brevis blooms.
Award: $200,000, 1 year

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2021-2022 Funding Projects