Oil and dispersants can help kick-start red tides, says scientist

Biopulcher   •  December 20, 2018

Could this year’s massive red tide bloom off Florida’s coasts have been made more severe because of oil spills or the use of dispersants to clean spills? A recent study published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology describes how dispersants and oil can harm organisms that feed on red tide species, making algal blooms more likely.

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