FL Department of Environmental Protection encourages residents to report algal blooms

Who To Contact

The state’s bloom response team encourages residents to report algal blooms so that we can respond quickly and effectively.

Report Blue-Green Algae Blooms:

Florida Department of Environmental Protection collects and analyzes algal bloom samples.

Red Tide and other Harmful Algal Blooms:

  • The Fish and Wildlife Research Institute’s (FWRI) HAB group monitors more than 100 locations around the state to detect nuisance, harmful and toxic algal blooms, including Florida red tide.
  • Red Tide Frequently Asked Questions
  • View the statewide Red Tide Current Status
  • Latest Red Tide Status Report Available by Phone
    • Call 866-300-9399 at any time from anywhere in Florida to hear a recording about red tide conditions throughout the state. Callers outside of Florida can dial 727-552-2448. Standard calling charges apply.

Health Concerns:

Florida Department of Health issues health advisories when toxin levels present a risk to human health.

DOH takes the lead in determining if an algal bloom presents a risk to human health. DOH issues health advisories as it determines to be appropriate when toxicity levels are higher and may also post warning signs when blooms affect public beaches or other areas where there is the risk of human exposure. These actions are typically directed out of local county health departments, most often in consultation with staff from staff from DOH’s Public Health Toxicology Section. DOH also follows up on reports of pets that may have been exposed to a bloom, since these events may predict potential human health threats.

Report Wildlife Impacts:

The FWC’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI) maintains this hotline through a federally funded project to survey fish-related diseases and mortalities.

Beach Closure Information:

Monitoring and Testing:

DEP and Florida’s water management districts frequently monitor Florida’s water quality, and routinely collect algal bloom samples as soon as they are observed as part of this effort. In addition, staff can be deployed to take additional samples in response to reported blooms – whether from a citizen, other response team agencies or other sources.

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