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Volunteers Needed for Algae Bloom Study

March 24, 2023

A study on the impact of harmful algal blooms is being performed in Cape Coral, and researchers from Florida Atlantic University are looking for volunteers. Results from the study will help fill an important gap in our understanding of the long-term impact of harmful algal blooms (HABS) on human health.

The study will take place on Monday, March 27, from 1 – 4 p.m. and Tuesday, March 28, from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Sessions will be held in the Green Room at the City of Cape Coral’s Public Works Department, 815 Nicholas Parkway, and should take 15-30 minutes to complete.

Volunteers will receive up to $25 in gift cards for participating in the study. Walk-ins are welcome, as there is no deadline to apply.

To participate you must be:

  • 18 years of age or older.
  • Able to read and understand English.

At each session, you will be asked to:

  • Complete a short survey.
  • Provide a nasal swab, urine, and blood sample to test for algal toxins.

If selected, you will be asked to participate in two data collection sessions: once when algae are not blooming and again during an algae bloom. You may withdraw from the study at any time without penalty.

Research is being conducted by scientists at Florida Atlantic University’s College of Nursing and Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute. Study locations include Cape Coral, Stuart, and communities around Lake Okeechobee, including Clewiston and Indiantown.

For more information, please call or text 561-297-4631 or email