The state’s Algal Bloom Response Team includes several state agencies and local governments, working together to address algal blooms, each with specific roles.
- Conducts routine sampling and collects samples of observed algal blooms reported through the hotline or the website
- Report a bloom online at www.reportalgalbloom.com, or call the toll-free hotline at 855-305-3903.
- Analyzes samples and tests for toxins
- Freshwater Algal Bloom Frequently Asked Questions
Florida Department of Health
- Issues health advisories as it deems appropriate in regards to toxicity levels and posts warning signs along public beaches where blooms are present and human exposure is a concern. Typically, local county health departments direct these actions.
- To report illnesses or symptoms, contact the Florida Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222.
- For information on health advisories, contact your local county health department.
- Issues air-quality advisories
- Florida Department of Health Blue-Green Algae Frequently Asked Questions
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
- Addresses fish kill reports and instances of animal endangerment/injury from the blooms
- To report a fish kill, contact the Fish Kill Hotline at 800-636-0511.
- To report any other wildlife injuries, call FWC’s Wildlife Alert at
- Assists in sampling nearshore marine water
Water Management Districts
- Explore water storage opportunities
- Conduct routine sampling and collects samples of observed algal blooms
- Issue public beach closures
- Conduct air-quality monitoring