Florida and South Korea to Collaborate on Combating HABs

Seagriculture USA 2024
South Korea

Florida and South Korea have signed an MOU to strengthen international collaboration on harmful algal bloom management and response.

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with South Korea’s National Institute of Environmental Research to strengthen international collaboration on harmful algal bloom management and response, including for blue-green algae.

Harmful algal blooms significantly hurt Florida’s coastal economy and the health of Florida’s water resources. Both the State of Florida and South Korea are committed to developing cutting-edge strategies to prevent, detect, cleanup, and mitigate these types of blooms. This shared work is designed to further the state’s capabilities to effectively respond to and prevent future harmful algal blooms that impact the state, like blue-green algae.

“Florida’s unique environmental challenges demand bold solutions, and international cooperation is a significant step in that direction,” said DEP Secretary Shawn Hamilton. “We remain steadfastly committed to protecting Florida, and I look forward to a productive partnership that will enhance that mission by collaborating with some of South Korea’s finest scientific minds in our fight against harmful algal blooms.”

This MOU establishes a framework for collaboration, mutual learning, and sharing technology, including:

  • Cooperation on the issue of harmful algal bloom reduction, including reducing nutrient loading to waterbodies; monitoring, modeling, and risk assessment; and innovative treatment technologies.
  • The exchange of scientific and technical information through the transmission of data, reports, publications, and presentations.

“Through this partnership, we’re not just sharing knowledge; we’re forging a path to resilience against environmental challenges,” said Hanseung Kum, President of the National Institute of Environmental Research in South Korea. “The collaboration between South Korea and Florida highlights our deep commitment to deploying science and innovation in the battle against harmful algal blooms, ensuring healthier ecosystems for our communities.”

Upon taking office, Florida Governor DeSantis created the Blue-Green Algae Task Force to address the issue of recurring harmful algal blooms in Florida. The state has also invested $65 million in a diverse portfolio of innovative technologies to mitigate the effects and impacts of harmful algal blooms.

To read the MOU, click here.

All rights reserved. Permission required to reprint articles in their entirety. Must include copyright statement and live hyperlinks. Contact david@algaeplanet.com. Algae Planet accepts unsolicited manuscripts for consideration, and takes no responsibility for the validity of claims made in submitted editorial.

Seagriculture USA 2024
AlgaeMetrics
Contact Phil Ganz

Subscribe

Breaking-News

  • July 12, 2024: Researchers have created tiny, vehicle-like structures which can be maneuvered by microscopic algae. The algae are caught in baskets attached to the micromachines, which have been carefully designed to allow them enough room to continue swimming. Two types of vehicles were created: the “rotator,” which spins like a wheel, and the “scooter,” which was intended to move in a forward direction but in tests moved more surprisingly. READ MORE...
  • July 10, 2024: The Algae Biomass Organization is now accepting nominations for the 2024 Algae Industry Awards. These high-profile awards recognize the companies, organizations, and individuals that have made exceptional progress and efforts in commercialization and or scientific advances related to algae and seaweed. The Algae Industry Award Winners will be announced at the 2024 Algae Biomass Summit in Houston, Texas, October 20-22, 2024. READ MORE...
  • July 8, 2024: A research team from the University of Almeria belonging to the Solar Energy Research Centre (CIESOL, Almeria, Spain) has validated a mobile application that predicts how the consortia of microalgae and wastewater-treating bacteria will evolve in different aquatic environments. In this way, managers can decide in which industry to use the biomass and nutrients generated after treatment and obtain economic benefits from their sale. READ MORE...
  • July 5, 2024: Lab-grown meat could soon be a readily available source of high-quality protein that negates some of the environmental impacts and welfare concerns of rearing livestock. However, scaling up the microalgae-rooted production process comes with sustainability challenges of its own. READ MORE...

Algae Europe 2024

A Beginner’s Guide