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Harmful Algal Bloom Training in Oregon

Dr. Rita Horner (University of Washington) teaches phytoplankton sample collection and identification methods. (Photo: Northwest Fisheries Science Center)

Dr. Rita Horner (University of Washington) teaches phytoplankton sample collection and identification methods. (Credit: Northwest Fisheries Science Center)

The highest levels of domoic acid in mussels ever observed in Oregon (more than eight times the safe limit) prompted Oregon health and shellfish managers to initiate an Oregon Harmful Algal Bloom Program based on the successful Olympic Region Harmful Algal Bloom (ORHAB) Project in Washington. Harmful Algal Bloom Event Response Program funding supported a workshop in which 12 environmental and human-health officials from Oregon learned new techniques, such as phytoplankton cell counts and rapid toxin tests, which can provide early warnings for potential toxin-related shellfish bed and beach closures.

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