Under normal conditions, many species of algae form the the same throughout all coastal waters: (1) increased water temaquatic and terrestrial animals. However, algae can grow out of control creating a large mass called a harmful algae bloom (“HAB”) that produces dangerous toxins and threatens both humans and aquatic animals. In 2003, Congress passed legislation promoting more research on HABs in an attempt to prevent the damaging effects of these blooms on our oceans and lakes. Nevertheless, even after Congress recognized that a single HAB can cost millions of dollars in damage, it has not passed any legislation aimed at preventing or controlling this problem.
De Armas, Marcel. “Changing Tides: The Need for New Legislation To Prevent Algae Blooms.” Sustainable Development Law & Policy, Fall 2006, 44.