Harmful Algae & Red Tide
Follow the links above to learn more about harmful algal blooms (HABs), HAB species, and collection procedures. Click a station on the map below to view data on potential harmful algal species and water conditions at regional stations.
The Scripps Plankton Camera System
is an underwater microscope that dectects objects from tens of microns up to several centemeters.
Mounted along side the SCCOOS CTD/Fluorometer on the Scripps Pier, images from the SPC camera can be viewed in realtime and searched by date, size and aspect ratio with the SPCView (Plankton Camera Image Browser)
Note: Harmful algal bloom data is collected for the purpose of
scientific study and is not intended to be used as an indicator
of health or safety. For information on quarantines and statewide HAB updates, please visit the California Department of Public Health website
. For information on water safety and beach closures,
please visit the Heal the Bay Beach Report Card website at
. For official reports on water quality and beach safety, please visit the California State Water Resources Control Board at http://www.swrcb.ca.gov/