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Friday, June 15, 2007

Red Tide Rising?

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?

Blogger vikingwayne said...

Here in Santa Cruz, the red tide is more prevalent and lasting much longer.

20 years ago, it lasted a week or so in the fall. Now, it starts in September and doesn't leave until the next year.

I have been having reactions for 25 years and they are growing in severity. What used to be a few sneezes is now a full blown assault on my immune system with joint pain, shortness of breath, sinus pain, headaches and depression. This can be triggered by driving along the beach with an on shore wind.

I am not alone in this. Many older surfers are complaining of problems with the red tide.

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