Red Tide Killing Marine Line Off Florida Coast

by | Aug 13, 2014 | Conservation, Corals, Fish, Reef | 0 comments


The Gulf of Mexico, specifically the West Coast of Florida, is currently experiencing a red tide bloom that has killed tens of thousands of fish.  Red tide is a phenomena that is caused by high concentrations of toxic dinoflagellates. The Red Tide has also killed a number of manatees and is threatening Florida’s end of summer, normally booming, tourism. While Red Tide is not uncommon to Florida in the summer, the concentration of dinoflagellates in this concentration that is currently approaching, is higher than has been since in Florida 2005. Living on the East Coast of Florida, I am in the Ocean at least twice a week. However this summer I have had to skip some outings due to red tide and flesh eating bacteria. Its not a good summer for us Floridians. MORE

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    Francis is a marine biologist with an MBA and over 20 years of professional aquarium experience. Francis is the former Aquatic Development Manager at Hagen USA., makers of Fluval brand aquarium products. He co-stars on Nat Geo WILD's reality TV series Fish Tank Kings where he is the resident "Fish Geek" and was Director of Marketing at Living Color Aquariums. He is an avid explorer having visited over 45 countries and lived in 7. At 17, he was among the youngest aquarists ever hired by the Vancouver Aquarium, where he worked for 7 years. His aquatic biology experience ranges from larval fish rearing to the design, construction and operational management of renowned public aquariums around the world. Francis is currently head of marketing at the world's largest vertically integrated fish farming company.


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