Red Tide

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

The Republican–controlled Legislature will be tasked with an unexpected job: deciding whether to allocate funds for environmental causes championed by the governor.

The environment wasn’t a priority under former Governor Rick Scott. Florida’s new governor, Ron DeSantis, is taking a different approach - and raising eyebrows - as he seeks massive dollars to clean up the state’s water ways.

Now it's up to the Legislature to consider his funding request.

Manatees gather in warm water at Three Sisters Springs in Crystal River in March, 2015. Kayakers can be seen in the background, separated from the manatees.
FWC's Flickr

It’s been a tough year for Florida manatees. Red tide and cold snaps have led to their highest death rate since 2013, and that death rate could still go up. 

Mote Marine
Conor Goulding / Mote Marine Laboratory

Governor Rick Scott says Florida is putting an additional $2.2 million  toward combating red tide. The funding will go to Mote Marine Laboratory to develop new technology.

Northwest Coast Red Tide Status Map (September 19, 2018)
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Fish kills and Red Tide blooms are being observed in more Florida counties, most recently in Northwest Florida.

red tide
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is partnering with red tide experts to combat the destructive algae ravaging the state’s Gulf coast. 

A container full of scallops
Carol Lyn Parrish / FWC Flickr

The bay scallop season in Gulf County started Friday.

Governor Rick Scott his defending is environmental policies amid a Red Tide that’s choking the state’s Southwest coast and resulting in massive fish and marine life kills.