FWC enlisting volunteers to monitor red tide

— The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is looking for volunteers to beef up red tide monitoring in the Gulf of Mexico this spring.

Spring-time red tides have been especially harmful to endangered manatees as they emerge from warm-water refuges, but more might be rescued with more information about the locations of blooms of the toxic microalgae, according to a call for volunteers from the state agency.

Volunteers are needed to collect offshore water samples along fixed transects from one to 15 miles off the coasts of Venice, Boca Grande, Sanibel Island, Naples and Marco Island through mid-April.

To find out more, go to http://research.myfwc.com/ or contact Red Tide Offshore Monitoring Program volunteer coordinator Karen Henschen at RTOMP_Coordinator@MyFWC.com or at 727-896-8626.

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