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West Coast Harmful Algal Bloom Draws Attention of Congress

An ongoing toxic algal bloom off the U.S. West Coast was first detected in California in May 2015 and soon stretched to Alaska. Formed by the harmful algae Psuedo-nitzschia, this unusually long-lasting bloom is the largest bloom in the past 15 years. Record-setting concentrations of domoic acid, the neurotoxin produced by the bloom, have shut […]

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Assessing the Health and Quality of Arctic Estuaries

NCCOS led a month-long sampling cruise in estuaries in the Arctic Ocean aboard the NOAA RV Ron Brown in August.  Sediment, biota and water samples were collected for chemical contaminant analyses, biological community health assessment, and stable isotope analyses and water quality parameters.  This project was a continuation of offshore analyses begun in 2010.  The target […]

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West Coast Harmful Algal Bloom Explained

An unprecedented West Coast harmful algal bloom (HAB) continues, hurting Pacific Coast marine wildlife and causing economic losses to commercial shell fishers from Alaska to California. NCCOS sponsored scientists are participating in the event response and providing information to the public. Recently, NCCOS sponsored scientist Dr. Vera Trainer of NOAA Fisheries joined Washington and Oregon […]

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