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Marine Environmental Protection Redtide

Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute

The Fish and Wildlife Research Institute’s (FWRI) HAB group monitors more than 100 locations around the state weekly, twice-monthly or monthly to detect nuisance, harmful and toxic algal blooms, including Florida red tide. FWRI staff coordinates sample collection with state agencies, local governments and private citizens participating in a volunteer offshore monitoring program.

Current Redtide Status

Current redtide status can be found on the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's website (Click Here).  The daily sample map for the last eight days is also available on their map (Click Here).

Redtide Community Scientists

The FWC's Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI) established a community science program in 2000 to assist the researchers who study Karenia brevis, the organism that causes Florida’s red tide. Currently known as Community Scientists Monitoring for Red Tide (CSMRT), their “community scientists” expand the spatial coverage of FWRI's harmful algal bloom (HAB) monitoring program by collecting water samples from routine collection points and sites reported for suspected blooms.  Click Here for information on their Community Scientist program.

Red tide sampling is just one activity that Florida Coast Guard Auxiliaries are involved in.  Marine environmental protection is one of the auxiliary's important missions.  Our flotilla's missions include red tide sampling, beach clean-ups, marine Pollution Responder, Good Mate program, and more.  If you want to get involved, Join Our Team!  

You can signup to be a Red Tide sampler at