Environmental Health Laboratory Resources
Page last updated: 08/16/12
EPA Office of Science and Technology
Florida Department of Health
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Healthy Swimming Information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
St. Johns River Water Management District
USGS -- Water Resources of the United States
Volusia Water Atlas
Shell Fish Information
Frequently Asked Questions about Shellfish Harvesting, Aquaculture Farming, and Shellfish Handling.
Open/Closed Status of Shellfish areas for harvesting Atlantic Coast
From the Fort Pierce Inlet in St. Lucie County to the Tolomato River in St. Johns County
What can I do to prevent poisoning by marine toxins?
General guidelines for safe seafood consumption:
- Although any person eating fish or shellfish containing toxin or disease-causing bacteria may become ill, persons with weakened immune systems or liver problems should not eat raw seafood because of their higher risk of Vibrio infection
- Keep seafood on ice or refrigerated at less than 38° Fahrenheit to prevent spoilage.
Specific advice for avoiding marine toxin poisoning:
- Keep fresh tuna, mackerel, grouper, and mahi mahi refrigerated to prevent development of histamine. Don't believe that cooking spoiled or toxic seafood will keep you safe. These toxins are not destroyed by cooking.
- Do not eat barracuda, especially, those from the Caribbean.
- Check with local health officials before collecting shellfish, and look for Health Department advisories about algal blooms, dinoflagellate growth or "redtide" conditions that may be posted at fishing supply stores.
- Do not eat finfish or shellfish sold as bait. Bait products do not need to meet the same food safety regulations as seafood for human consumption.
Florida Water Resources Journal wastewater stormwater Crane
National Estuary Program
US Environmental Protection Agency - Oceans, Coasts, Estuaries and Beaches
USGS Surface Water Information Page
STORET Commonly Asked Questions
DEP Educators site
GLOBE Educators Corner
Make A Difference Kit (Free!)
American Museum of Natural History
Cool Science for Curious Kids
For Kids Only! Earth Science Enterprise
Kids Science Directory
Reeko’s Mad Scientist Lab
The Orlando Science Center
U.S. EPA Explorers Club
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