Water Sampling for Hypoxia Event Prediction
DISCOVERY Vessel Phantom
The International SeaKeepers Society once again assisted the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences and Miami Waterkeeper in conducting field research just in the waters of Biscayne Bay, FL aboard DISCOVERY Vessel Phantom, a classic 1984 25' Blackfin cuddy cabin. Students Charles Groppe and Bianca Routt collected data such as temperature, pH, salinity, nutrients, chlorophyll and dissolved oxygen for Dr. Chris Langdon's ongoing research. This is in response to the fish kill and algal blooms that have been plaguing Biscayne Bay. The ultimate hope is that this data and trends seen from week to week will help predict another hypoxia event. If so, preventative measures can be taken to aerate the water so that we don’t see yet another massive loss of life in the Bay.