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New Online Community Created to Improve National HAB Response

NCCOS and the U.S. National Office for HABs established a new listserv to address diarrhetic shellfish poisoning. This emerging harmful algal bloom (HAB) issue has caused shellfish harvesting closures in Washington and Texas, human illness in Washington, and threatens other states. The online community of researchers; national, state, local, and tribal officials and public health […]

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Congress Reauthorizes National Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Legislation

On June 17, 2014, Congress passed a reauthorization of the Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Research and Control Act (HABHRCA)—legislation last reauthorized in 2004. HABHRCA is critical for protecting the public from these environmental events, as well as furthering NOAA’s goals to maintain healthy oceans and build resilient coastal communities and economies. In a roll call […]

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Webinar Highlights Citizen Science to Kick-off EPA’s 2014 HAB Awareness Campaign

NCCOS’s Steve Morton and staff from the New York Department of Environmental Conservation recently led an EPA webinar on harmful algal blooms (HABs) that explored volunteer monitoring opportunities open to the public. Four hundred and twenty participants from academia, industry, and government learned more about NOAA’s Phytoplankton Monitoring Network, which uses volunteers to monitor for […]

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Scientists Recognized for Role in Assessing Dolphin Mortalities

Last month, scientists from NCCOS’s Center for Coastal Environmental Health and Biomolecular Research (CCEHBR) received an Outstanding Achievement Award from NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service for their efforts in assessing dolphin mortalities along the South Carolina coast during the 2013–2014 unusual mortality event of bottlenose dolphins. CCEHBR staff and their partners from Coastal Carolina University […]

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Toxins Detection Workshop Promotes International Trade of Shellfish

NCCOS scientist Tina Mikulski recently led a workshop in Muscat, Oman, on the detection of paralytic shellfish toxins—which can accumulate in shellfish, causing human illness and death. Shellfish must be screened for these toxins (produced by harmful algae in the genus Alexandrium) prior to sale and consumption. The workshop was designed through a formal agreement between […]

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Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Seeks Advice on Harmful Algal Bloom Threat

Five NOAA National Marine Sanctuaries on the west coast are vulnerable to harmful algal blooms, including blooms of Pseudo-nitzschia, which at times produce domoic acid—a potent neurotoxin that can accumulate in many animals. Consumption of toxic prey leads to illness and death in a variety of birds and marine mammals and necessitates shellfish harvesting closures […]

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High-tech Armada Links Toxic Algal Blooms and Nutrients from Sewage off Southern California

Last month, NCCOS-funded scientists deployed two Environmental Sample Processors, two research vessels, five autonomous underwater vehicles, and five drifters in the ocean around San Pedro Bay, off Southern California, seeking signs of harmful algal blooms (HABs). Not long after deployment, this high-tech armada detected a large phytoplankton bloom that included the diatom Pseudo-nitzschia and its […]

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NOAA Teams with NIST to Transfer HAB Detection Methods to Portugal’s Marine Animal Rehabilitation Centre

NOAA’s harmful algal bloom Analytical Response Team has teamed with Hollings Marine Lab partner, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), to provide training for a NIST International Fellow on algal toxin detection in marine wildlife. Dr. Rute Costa of the Marine Animal Rehabilitation Centre in Figueira da Foz, Portugal, is nearing completion of this […]

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