2. Explain how an HAB outbreak can have a devastating economic impact. The impact can be devastating because there are assortments of the fish that are caught that may have been contaminated with toxic algae and many fish are killed as a result.
3. Why do you think it can be difficult to determine the causes of HAB related illnesses and events? Many of the symptoms are like every sickness which include sniffling, coughing, sneezing, running nose, itchy eyes and a sore throat. it may be confused as a common cold or fever.
4. Summarize how the conditions found in the Gulf of Mexico contribute to the overgrowth of phytoplankton. The Gulf of Mexico is a highly polluted area, due to the run-off from the coasts. Run-off comes in the from fertilizers and pesticides from agriculture that often collect in rivers that most of the time flows right into the Gulf.
5. Explain how a Harmful Algal Bloom can impact an ecosystem. Many of the harmful algal blooms release toxins as they grow larger. Algae blooms grow quickly. As they grow they starve the air of oxygen and block sunlight which many aquatic plants and animals need to survive. 6.