Journal of Marine Science: Research & Development | VOL. 03

Floating Desalination and Water Pumping Plants as Harmful Algal Bloom Control Technologies

Publication Date Jan 1, 2013


Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) have significant ecological and economic effects on the marine environment and use. In recent years, researchers have been increasingly developing and testing methods to treat and control HABs. General categories or strategies proposed as HAB control technologies include mechanical, biological, chemical, genetic, and environmental controls. The authors of this paper suggest using floating desalination plants to treat or control red tides. HAB producing dinoflagellates have been shown to be sensitive to physical and chemical changes in the environment, such as changes in temperature and salinity. The typical response of dinoflagellates is to form cysts that then settle out of the water column. The discharges from a floating desalination and water pumping plant can rapidly change the temperature and salinity in the water column. These changes could be expected to induce encystment in the dinoflagellate species that form cyst and could cause mortality in those species unable to form temporary cysts. Preventing population growth, inducing encystment, or causing mortality would effectively end a HAB. Discharges from a desalination plant are temporary in nature and include hypersaline water, freshwater (hyposaline water), and heated warmer. By discharging the heated hyposaline water at a low depth in the water column, due to its lower density than seawater, the discharge would move upward towards the surface. Since the hypersaline water would be denser than seawater, by discharging it at the surface...


Harmful Algal Blooms Water Pumping Plant Desalination Plant Hypersaline Water Preventing Population Growth Water Column Hyposaline Water Continued Mixing Marine Environment Red Tide

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