It’s an old problem in Florida, dating back to colonial days when Conquistadors first documented it, said Quay Dortch, the ecology and oceanography of harmful algae blooms program manager for the National Ocean Service.
By James Borchuck & Douglas R. Clifford, Tampa Bay Times, along with Times files
Published Aug. 7, 2018
Updated Aug. 9, 2018
Robert Weisberg, a professor and oceanographer at the University of South Florida’s College of Marine Science, says this year’s bloom is the worst red tide season he remembers since 2005, and what finally destroyed that bloom was Hurricane Katrina.
"This is the worst season in the last decade," said Robert Weisberg, a professor and oceanographer at the University of South Florida’s College of Marine Science. "And I doubt it’s going to go away anytime soon.
“I think it’s going to get worse.”
We take a look at some of mess from the red tide bloom of 2005.