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New NOAA Program Awards $1 Million to Prevent and Control Harmful Algal Blooms Impacting Atlantic Coastal Communities

Scientists working on methods to prevent and control harmful algal blooms impacting coastal communities along the Atlantic coast have been awarded more than $1 million for the first year of an anticipated $2 million, multi-year NOAA research grant. This funding supports three projects under the newly initiated Prevention, Control and Mitigation of Harmful Algal Blooms program.

Many types of algae are present in Atlantic waters. While most are non-threatening, some are harmful to the marine environment, coastal economies and can even cause serious human illnesses. Advances in monitoring and forecasting give an early warning of impending blooms but impacted communities and businesses have requested new methods to combat harmful algal species and their costly impacts. The three newly announced projects tackle this challenge by developing methods to prevent harmful blooms from forming and to control or reduce existing blooms or bloom impacts. NOAA

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