Congressman Vern Buchanan held a round table discussion with a small group of area businesses on the economic impact of Red Tide on Friday, August 24th 2018.
Red Tide has hit the Gulf coast of Florida and reached Anna Maria Island about 2 weeks ago.
Dr. Crosby, the CEO of Mote Marine, explained the scientific side of it. Red Tide is a natural phenomenon and the severity of the bloom might be influenced by humane impact in form of terrestrial water runoff. The main focus is to forecast and control the blooms of Red Tide. The existence of this algae has been documented for centuries and the field is usually located about 30 miles offshore. If scientists can control and attack an outbreak before it reaches the shore the devastating effect on marine life, people and tourism could be prevented. Also, being able to forecast the movement of Red Tide will help the coastal communities.
Congressman Buchanan (right) listens to Dr. Crosby’s (left) Red Tide summary.