Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI) conducts 300 research projects each year on Marine Fisheries, Freshwater Fisheries, Ecosystem Assessment and Restoration, Wildlife Research, and Information Science and Management projects.
The harmful algal bloom group at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission - Fish and Wildlife Research Institute is a tenant in the Innovation District's Maritime and Defense Technology Hub. They maintain a suite of technology for red tide observation and research. This includes instruments like autonomous imaging flow cytometers, microscopes, in situ water quality sensors, simplified red tide detection systems appropriate for citizen scientists, programmable sediment traps, and a cell sorter. Whether deployed on a dock or utilized benchtop in the lab, these technologies generate complex data streams and can require special tools - like artificial intelligence - to help learn more about how red tide responds to its environment.