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The Indian River Lagoon Consortium

In response to the 2011 superbloom in the Indian River Lagoon, a consortium of more than 20 scientists explored available data to identify cause-effect relationships that potentially could explain what triggered and sustained this unusual event.

The Indian River Lagoon 2011 Consortium includes researchers from:

  • Bethune-Cookman University
  • Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
  • Florida Institute of Technology
  • Guana-Tolomato-Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve
  • Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution at Florida Atlantic University
  • Nova Southeastern University
  • Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce
  • University of Florida
  • St. Johns River Water Management District (current and retired scientists)

The Consortium has documented its findings in a draft report that includes:

  • Analyses and interpretations of available data that compare the superbloom to past events, changes resulting from the bloom, and conditions that may have initiated and sustained the bloom
  • Recommendations for additional work to enhance the understanding of what causes and controls blooms in the Indian River Lagoon

The insights documented in the draft report provide a scientific foundation for the Indian River Lagoon Algal Blooms Investigation, a component of the district’s Indian River Lagoon Protection Initiative.


Ed Garland at 321-676−6612 or


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