Special to the PRESS
Hazardous algal bloom (HAB) training will be held at The University of Texas-Pan American Coastal Studies Lab, located in Isla Blanca Park, from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 19.
Participants will learn about mysterious impacts of red tide and how to respond to harmful algal blooms such as red tide in gulf and bay waters of Cameron County. They will also learn how to join the award winning Texas Red Tide Ranger program, which monitors red tide blooms in south Texas.
Brigette Goza, Education Coordinator with the Coastal Studies Lab will recount recent red tide blooms, lessons learned from the events and teach procedures for collecting, identifying and counting red tide cells. Meridith Byrd, Texas Hazardous Algal Bloom Response Coordinator will cover red tide, Kareniabrevis and Dinophysis ovum (a species responsible for diarrhetic shellfish poisoning), the two HABs monitored most closely by the state for health and fishery impacts. She will talk about the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department and Department of State Health Services’ roles during a bloom and how monitoring data (including Red Tide Ranger data) is used to determine bay openings, closures, and media releases.
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