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Karenia brevis

“Red Tide Organism”

October 30, 2022

By Kimmy Foulds

National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) has recently alerted harmful algal blooms (HABs) in Southwest Florida that may cause respiratory and skin irritation with onshore winds in Charlotte, Lee and Sarasota counties as another natural climate change impact of Hurricane Ian that shambled and crashed on land with devastated demolition on the unforgettable September 28, 2022.

Karenia brevis is a type of algae that produces potent neurotoxins that live in the sea and freshwater. Wave action can break open the toxins to be suspended in the air near beaches with sulfur smells and cause human respiratory illness with symptoms of coughing, sneezing and teary burning eyes. The elements drastically and seriously affect people with severe or chronic breathing conditions such as emphysema or asthma and many other health issues.

HABs have discolored clear blue waters in Southwest Florida to now yellow, red, brown, greenish hues in the warm waters and have threatened residents, fish, turtles, birds and marine life. 

Understand the predications of sediments with metals and nutrients in the sea that churned from Hurricane Ian September 28, 2022 that ultimately result in drinking water and sustainable lifestyles. These components will continue to bloom and wobble as they move forward.

Stay informed. Southwest Florida is strong to rebuild, restore and reprise paradise.

NCCOS will certainly maintain dissemination of top notch information for Southwest Florida coastline safety and its glorious shores.

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