Mitigating Impacts of Fish-killing Algal Bloom in Puget Sound, Wash.
In August 2006, the Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) Event Response Program provided emergency funds to coordinate efforts for mitigating impacts of a fish killing bloom of the harmful alga, Heterosigma, in Puget Sound. In late June and early July 2006, major farmed fish losses occurred in Northern Puget Sound and Port Angeles Harbor due to a bloom that originated in Northern Puget Sound. In early August, a separate bloom threatened aquaculture, aquaria, and marine resources in the main body of Puget Sound. Event Response funding allowed immediate coordination of sampling and information flow among a network of scientists, managers, and stakeholders (e.g., fish farmers), which was a critical need for management and mitigation of this harmful algal bloom and for future events. Information gathered during this event will also be used to revise an existing conceptual model of bloom initiation and spread, in support of developing a predictive capability.