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Alexandrium fundyense Bloom in Massachusetts Bay and Expanded Efforts in New England

Shipboard sampling for Alexandrium fundyense. (Photo: WHOI)

Shipboard sampling for Alexandrium fundyense. (Credit: WHOI)

The Harmful Algal Bloom Event Response Program supported monitoring of the extent and movement of the largest Alexandrium bloom in New England in 30 years. These data helped provide managers with early warnings of shellfish toxicity to protect public health in the region, and also allowed them to focus toxin sampling on areas where shellfish openings were most likely possible. This effort was critical to the NOAA response effort and led to continuous, high quality bloom predictions and tracking as the bloom expanded.

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