Florida Today published an article titled ‘Brown algae slime blankets surf from Cocoa Beach Pier to Alan Shepard Park‘ with an alarmist angle that advocates that “algae blooms are getting worse.”
This is untrue and fake news.
The ocean water temporarily turns dirty due to nutrients from upwelling. This is a natural occurrence that happens often in July off of Cocoa Beach.
In July 2018, spacefishreport.com published an article titled BE READY FOR THE COLD-WATER UPWELLING because anglers with local experience know that this occurs every year and is good for fishing.
Upwelling occurs in the open ocean and along coastlines. According to NOAA, winds blowing across the ocean surface push water away.
Water then rises up from beneath the surface to replace the water that was pushed away. This process is known as “upwelling.”
Water that rises to the surface as a result of upwelling is typically colder and is rich in nutrients.
These nutrients “fertilize” surface waters, meaning that these surface waters often have high biological productivity.
Therefore, good fishing grounds typically are found where upwelling is common.