Connect with us
Francis Rooney

Federal

Francis Rooney introduces bipartisan legislation targeting red tide

The most recent red tide outbreak resulted in 2000 tons of dead sea life.

Rep. Francis Rooney introduced a new bill last week that would ensure monitoring of algal bloom, even during government shutdowns.

Florida politicians are all about controlling red tide outbreaks this season. In a similar fashion, recently Florida Senators prodded the Commerce Department to declare a disaster and release aid money to the state.

Rooney’s bill introduction comes at the same time as reports that Florida’s marine industry could be suffering.

Congressman Rooney announced, “Over the last several years, Southwest Florida and the rest of the United States have been plagued by severe outbreaks of red tide. The most recent outbreak in the Gulf of Mexico lasted 16 months and generated over 2000 tons of dead sea life. In the midst of this outbreak, government shutdowns prevented NOAA’s satellites from monitoring red tide and publishing forecasts across the nation.”

Unfortunately, red tide isn’t the only thing plaguing Florida’s gulf coast. The Bradenton Herald reported that more than 7,000 miles of the Gulf of Mexico will be a dead zone for sea life. This prediction suggests nutrient-rich sediment runoff is the malady.

It remains to be seen what contribution, if any, the red tide will have on that phenomenon.

As for red tide, however, Rooney says:

“Especially due to the adverse implications that red tide causes for human health, I introduced this bipartisan legislation to make sure NCCOS continues forecasting and monitoring during a shutdown. Specifically, we must ensure that the information gathered is continually updated and available to local officials and the public.”

Written By

Melissa S. Razdrih is a Tampa correspondent for Florida Politics. Razdrih graduated with a Bachelor's degree from the University of Tampa in 2006 and went on to earn a Master's degree before switching gears to write professionally. Since then, Razdrih has been published in national blogs, like PopSugar, and local publications, like Tampa Bay Business and Wealth, on everything from self-care to cryptocurrency, but politics is her passion. Contact her at melissarazdrih@me.com.

Sign up for Sunburn

Receive our team's agenda-setting morning read of what's hot in Florida politics. Delivered straight to your inbox Monday through Friday.

Florida Politics is a statewide, new media platform covering campaigns, elections, government, policy, and lobbying in Florida. This platform and all of its content are owned by Extensive Enterprises Media.

Publisher: Peter Schorsch

Contributors & reporters: Phil Ammann, Jim Rosica, A.G. Gancarski, Joe Henderson, Janelle Irwin, Dan McAuliffe, Jacob Ogles, Scott Powers, Bob Sparks, Andrew Wilson.
Email: Peter@FloridaPolitics.com
Phone: (727) 642-3162
Address: 204 37th Avenue North #182
St. Petersburg, Florida 33704

Connect
Sign up for Sunburn

Receive our team's agenda-setting morning read of what's hot in Florida politics. Delivered straight to your inbox Monday through Friday.