WHAT IS BLUE-GREEN ALGAE?
Blue-green algae are a type of
bacteria that is common in Florida’s freshwater
environments. A bloom occurs when rapid growth of algae
leads to an accumulation of individual cells that discolor
water and often produce floating mats that emit unpleasant
Some environmental factors that
contribute to blue-green algae blooms are sunny days, warm
water temperatures, still water conditions and excess
nutrients. Blooms can appear year-round but are more
frequent in summer and fall. Many types of blue-green
algae can produce toxins.
IS IT HARMFUL?
Blue-green algae blooms can
impact human health and ecosystems, including fish and
other aquatic animals.
For additional information on
potential health effects of algal blooms, visit
PROTECTING FLORIDA TOGETHER
Find current information about
Florida’s water quality status and public health
notifications for harmful algal blooms and beach
conditions by visiting
Protecting Florida Together
is the state’s joint effort to provide statewide water
quality information to prioritize environmental
transparency and commitment to action.
WHAT DO I DO IF I SEE AN ALGAL BLOOM?
The Florida Department of
Environmental Protection (DEP) collects and analyzes algal
bloom samples. To report a bloom to DEP, call the
toll-free hotline at 855-305-3903 or report
To report fish kills, contact
the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute at
Report symptoms from
exposure to a harmful algal bloom or any aquatic toxin to
the Florida Poison Information Center, call 1-800-222-1222
to speak to a poison specialist immediately.
if you believe your pet has become ill after consuming or
having contact with blue-green algae contaminated
If you have other health
questions or concerns about blue-green algae blooms,
please call the Florida Department of Health in Hendry