Sampling to Determine Fisheries Impacts of 2008 Cochlodinium polykrikoides Bloom in the James River and its Tributaries
In August 2008, a bloom of Cochlodinium polykrikoides extended from the Elizabeth River, Va., into the James River, Va., and out into the Chesapeake Bay. Such an extensive bloom, along with its southerly penetration, was unusual but also occurred in 2007. Findings from the 2007 Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) Event Response project determined significant impacts to juvenile fish and oysters. In 2008, the HAB Event Response Program awarded funds to researchers from Old Dominion University again to identify the impacts of bloom-affected waters on growth and survival of menhaden, an important fishery in the region. Researchers worked closely with the state of Virginia, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, and the Hampton Roads Sanitation District during this response.