Texas Resource Managers Get Help Protecting Residents from Effects of Unusual Harmful Algal Bloom
Scientists from NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science are assisting the state of Texas after the discovery of a toxic bloom of the dinoflagellate Dinophysis in south Texas bays resulted in the closure of oyster and clam fisheries. NCCOS scientists are modeling potential transport of the bloom to nearby regions in order to help the state develop monitoring and sampling strategies to minimize negative effects on the economy and health of local residents. The bloom, first reported March 4, is the first time Dinophysis has been recorded at toxic levels in the Gulf of Mexico. The results of the modeling effort are being released in bulletins to the management community.