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High Tech Sensors Used to Investigate Harmful Algal Bloom ‘Hot Spots’ in California

NCCOS scientists and their partners from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) are investigating the causes of Pseudo-nitzschia blooms and toxicity in Monterey Bay, Calif. from Sept. 5 to Oct. 10. Under the right conditions, some Pseudo-nitzschia produce domoic acid, a potent neurotoxin. Domoic acid accumulates in fish and shellfish, has caused bird and […]

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NCCOS Coordinates Development of New Korean Project on Harmful Algae

NCCOS staff chaired a two-day meeting in Busan, Republic of Korea (August 29–30, 2013) convened to finalize a new collaborative project on harmful algae. The project, one component of the larger Joint Project Agreement (JPA) between NOAA and the newly formed Korean Ministry of Oceans & Fisheries, will focus on issues related to the monitoring […]

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NCCOS Researchers Inform National Audience on Harmful Algae via EPA Webinar Series

Two internationally acclaimed harmful algal bloom (HAB) researchers with NCCOS affiliations presented the third EPA Webinar Series to Build Awareness About Harmful Algal Blooms and Nutrient Pollution. Dr. Steve Morton of the Marine Biotoxins Program in Charleston, South Carolina teamed with Dr. Don Anderson of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Massachusetts to air the August […]

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Low Levels of Chemical Contaminants Found in Sediments of the Northwestern Gulf of Mexico

A new report is available summarizing the findings of an NCCOS-funded survey of sediments and overlying waters of the northwest Gulf of Mexico continental shelf, conducted in August 2011. The study found no evidence of biological impacts linked to poor sediment quality. Low values of species richness and diversity of sediment-dwelling benthic organisms were associated […]

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NOAA-supported Researcher Informs Gulf of Maine Fishermen of Harmful Algae Threat

At the 39th Annual Maine Fishermen’s Forum, NCCOS-supported, Dr. Kate Hubbard, described a new, emerging harmful algal bloom (HAB) threat with possible future implications for shellfish harvesting in the Gulf of Maine. Responding to this new HAB threat in the Gulf of Maine in August 2012, the NCCOS provided funding to Dr. Hubbard to map […]

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Blood Monitoring Supports Response and Rehabilitation of Algae-poisoned Sea Turtles

Sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico are long-lived animals that are valuable indicator species of environmental health. They are subject to multiple hazards, such as pollutants and natural toxins, including the algae-produced brevetoxin. NCCOS scientists who pioneered the use of blood collection cards are working in cooperation with wildlife managers in Florida to measure […]

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NCCOS HAB Partner Honored by White House

On June 25, NCCOS HAB Program partner Dr. Julia K. Parrish was honored as a Champion of Change by the White House.  Dr. Parrish is the founder and executive director of the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST), a group that organizes coastal residents to monitor beach-cast seabird carcasses in California, Oregon, Washington and […]

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Graduate Student to Research Stable Isotopes in Pygmy Sperm Whale Teeth

College of Charleston Master’s student, Nicole Montey, under the direction of a scientist from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, Wayne McFee, was one of two students recently awarded the Master of Environmental Studies Graduate Assistantship for student research and travel. Nicole’s research will use stable isotope analysis of teeth from pygmy sperm whales to determine […]

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