Water Sampling in Biscayne Bay with RSMAS

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Water Sampling in Biscayne Bay with RSMAS
DISCOVERY Vessel M'Powered
September 10, 2021

On September 10th, 2021, The International SeaKeepers Society assisted the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences in conducting field research in the waters of Biscayne Bay, FL aboard DISCOVERY Vessel M'Powered, a 24' Sailfish center console, owned and operated by SeaKeepers DISCOVERY member, Aaron Goldstein. Last year, SeaKeepers helped Professor Chris Langdon collect data such as temperature, pH, salinity, nutrients, chlorophyll and dissolved oxygen in response to the fish kill and algal blooms in the Bay. The goal of returning to the Bay this year in May, June, and July was to establish a baseline before Aug/Sep when conditions would be most likely to cause a repeat of the events in 2020. Just a few days before this outing, a hypoxia fish kill did take place, just as predicted. We were joined by media outlets CBS4 Miami, and the Miami Herald so they could document and report on the science behind this phenomenon. We also helped Miami Waterkeeper perform a patrol of the Bay to assess if there were any more dead fish in the area. Luckily, this year's event seems to have not been as severe, and all that was spotted were Biscayne Bay's resident bottlenose dolphins.

Partner Sites
Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science
Miami Waterkeeper