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HAB Research and Sampling

 

by Kate Hubbard

woman on dock holding equipmentRecently, FWC HAB staff went out on the Research Vessel F. G. Walton Smith out of the University of Miami to collect samples for genetic and microscopic analysis as part of collaborative research efforts to monitor biodiversity in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Samples are collected every other month, and most recently on the March 2016 cruise, samples of opportunity were collected to help determine the distribution of the red tide organism, Karenia brevis, in the nearshore and offshore waters surrounding Monroe County. Samples are collected using a rosette of Niskin bottles, which can be closed at targeted depths.