June 15 2007

Red Tide Rising?

by Surfrider Foundation

Controversy rages on both coasts regarding a possible human activity link to seemingly increased frequency and duration of "red tide" events.

On the west coast of Florida, researcher Larry Brand is making waves by asserting a clear connection between human activities and more algal bloom events.

In southern California, red tides will be a topic of discussion at the next meeting of the Orange County Coastal Coalition on Thursday, June 28 from 9am to 11am at the Ocean Institute in Dana Point. David Caron of USC will summarize the latest research on harmful algal blooms.

Our friends at Ocean Champions have an action alert regarding the Save Our Shores Act, to increase funding for scientific research to combat red tide and its effects.

What do you think? Are the blooms natural or are we making them worse?