S.C. Sea Grant Consortium

S.C. Sea Grant Publications

Coastal Heritage – Pfiesteria Hysteria: Just When You Thought It Was Safe

Over the past two decades, scientists have discovered dozens of new species of nuisance algae that raise havoc around the world, killing huge numbers of fish and causing human illnesses. The most famous new species is Pfiesteria piscicida, found in estuaries from Delaware to Florida. Although Pfiesteria is often described as a bizarre, freakish phenomenon, it is just one small part of an international problem.