Indian River Lagoon Algal Bloom Highlights Florida’s Estuaries in Peril

birl algae bloom
birl algae bloom

An algae-covered shoreline in the Indian River Lagoon from April 2021.

(Aaron Adams/Bonefish & Tarpon Trust/April 15 2021) Plankton algae blooms have long plagued the lagoon, but now benthic algae in the Indian River Lagoon is beyond being out of control. The Indian River Lagoon is now in a vicious cycle, dominated by nutrient-enabled algal growth year-round preventing vital seagrasses from growing. The crisis has been years in the making and the process to fix the problem will take time. Click here to read the entire article.