Researchers Hone in on Red Tide

Red Tide

The symposium will be held beginning tonight at Sarasota's Mote Marine Laboratory. Mote spokeswoman Nadine Slimak says what makes this different from other conferences on red tide is that they will focus on 'karenia brevis,' the micro-organism that causes red tide.

SLIMAK: The goal is really is to bring in scientists from different disciplines and different backgrounds and institutions, agencies and organizations together to have one conversation at one time about where current research on karenia brevis, the red tide we have on the Gulf stands, and where the future research effort should go.

The concerns of regular folks won't be shut out. A survey is available online for people to tell researchers where they think the focus should be. A public forum will be held Thursday night at Mote, with remote video conference sites in St. Petersburg and Fort Myers. That is a reservation-only event.

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