FAU’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Research Professors Annie Page-Karjian and Matthew Ajemian team with biologists at Loggerhead Marinelife Center and Inwater Research Group to better understand how exposure to toxin-producing harmful algal bloom (HAB) species impact sea turtle health in Florida's coastal waters.
The study published in Toxicon: X, establishes concentrations of 10 HAB toxins in plasma samples from green turtles (Chelonia mydas) foraging in Florida's Big Bend. Domoic acid, lyngbyatoxin-A, microcystins, nodularin, and okadaic acid were detected, demonstrating exposure to these HAB toxins, which are also a public health concern.
The research was funded by a grant from the HBOI Foundation, as part of the Florida Center for Coastal and Human Health.
Work was conducted by authorized individuals under NOAA-NMFS permit #21169, FWC Marine Turtle Permits #139 and #204.