Extending Monitoring of 2008 Alexandrium Outbreak in New England
In response to an intense New England Red Tide of 2008 that developed in the western Gulf of Maine as predicted, the Harmful Algal Bloom Event Response Program provided several awards that allowed researchers to extend Alexandrium sampling (the organism that causes New England Red Tide) to the Western Gulf of Maine and southern New England waters. The first award supported sampling transects off of Cape Cod, Massachusetts after a significant number of cells were observed at three underway stations around Monomoy Island and Nauset during an ECOHAB GOMTOX cruise. Another award supported surveys in coastal waters of western Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts, as well as areas to the west of Nantucket Shoals toward Rhode Island. The Event Response awards allowed sampling of about 150 additional stations, which complemented sampling by the ECOHAB GOMTOX project that was conducting surveys of Alexandrium primarily in the southern Gulf of Maine (including Georges Bank), but also on selected transects in the coastal Gulf of Maine.