The Red Tide Phenomenon Draft #1

This topic submitted by Stephanie Doupnik ( at 11:38 PM on 3/27/05.

Beautiful Brain and Boulder Corals at the French Bay Wall, 30 m deep, San Salvador, Bahamas.

Tropical Field Courses -Western Program-Miami University

This paper will introduce the phenomenon known as Red Tide. I will discuss some of the basic background and information about Red Tide in general terms. I then will go into how it is effecting our marine life and even how it is effecting us. I will discuss these effects more specifically within the Florida Coast regions throughout the paper. This is still an unsolved mystery, but the information in this paper can still be very useful for everyone in this class.


I. Introduction

II. Background Information
a. Defintions
b. Species responsible for toxic blooms
c. How toxic algal blooms occur

III. Effects on ocean life
a. Manatees
b. Whales
c. Fish
d. Additional species

IV. Impacts on Humans
a. ASP (Hmnesic Shellfish Pois.)
b. CFP (Ciquatera Fish Pois.)
c. DSP (Diarrhetic Shellfish Pois.)
d. NSP (Neurotoxic Shellfish Pois.)
e. PSP (Paralytic Shellfish Pois.)

V. Conclusion
a. What to do next?
b. Need for more research.


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Group. 23 Mar. 2005 .

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Anderson, Donald M. “Toxic Red Tides and Harmful Algal Blooms: A Practical Challenge in Coastal
Oceangraphy.” U.S. Nation Report to IUGG. 1995. American Geophysical Union. 23 Mar. 2005>.

“Fish and Wildlife Research Institute”. DataGlyphics, Inc. DataGlyphics. 27 Mar. 2005>.

“NIEHS Redtide Study”. NIEHS. 9 Sep. 2004. NIEHS. 27 Mar. 2005 .
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“Researchers to try out Red Tide sensors”. Associated Press. 8 Feb. 2005. St. Petersburg Times. 27 Mar.
2005 .

“Desert Dust Kills Florida Fish”. NASA. 27 Mar. 2005 .

“The Current of Red Tide Research.” Enviromental Health Perspectives. 2002. Vol. 110. 23 Mar. 2005.

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