International Harmful Algal Bloom Panel Convenes to Decide Future HAB Activities
On April 28-30, 2013, Dr. Robert Magnien of NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) chaired the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission’s Intergovernmental Panel on Harmful Algal Blooms (IPHAB). This year, IPHAB reviewed progress on harmful algae priorities and initiatives in partnership with other international organizations such as International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) including a review of need for a scientific symposium on harmful algae and global change, a global HAB status report, harmful algae and desalination of seawater, biotoxin monitoring, management and regulations, algal taxonomy, and harmful algae and fish kills.
IPHAB recommends initiatives such as a new global approach to HAB research to meet society needs in a changing world, improved research and management of ciguatera, and implementation of a new work plan for the IOC harmful algal bloom program for continued development. This collaboration demonstrates NOAA’s international leadership on HABs as well as within the US.
For more information, contact Rob.Magnien@noaa.gov