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Save the date for Florida macroalgae virtual workshops

Florida Macroalgae: Knowledge Gaps and How We Can Fill Them
Virtual Workshops on March 29 & 31 and April 2, 2021

Macroalgae are components of healthy Florida estuaries, but excessive blooms can have negative ecosystem consequences. In recent years, multiple blooms of drift macroalgae in Florida estuaries have raised concerns about damage to seagrass habitats and water quality implications. Yet frameworks to manage the nutrients that support these blooms seldom include macroalgae as indicators of water quality. Three virtual workshops will convene in March and April 2021 to share information, facilitate discussions, and guide future efforts to manage marine macroalgae.

The workshops will be based on information from the study areas of four National Estuary Programs in Florida (Charlotte Harbor, Indian River Lagoon, Sarasota Bay, and Tampa Bay).

Complete this form to receive registration information when it becomes available.

Draft Agenda

  • Monday, March 29 | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM EST
    State of Our Knowledge: Marine Macroalgae in Florida’s National Estuary Programs
    Invited speaker presentations
  • Wednesday, March 31 | 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM EST
    Drivers & Consequences of Marine Macroalgal Blooms in Florida
    Identifying & Addressing Gaps in Our Knowledge
    Invited speaker presentations & facilitated discussions
  • Friday, April 2 | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM EST
    Marine Macroalgae and Management of Nutrients
    Invited speaker presentations & workshop synthesis

Event Contact
Darcy Young, Sarasota Bay Estuary Program or (941) 955-8085