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NCCOS Scientists & Partners Share Coastal Science Results for Sustaining Alaska’s Food, Jobs, and Recreation

On April 17-18, scientists from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science’s (NCCOS) Kasitsna Bay Laboratory presented findings on oceanographic and plankton response to environmental changes, results from ecosystem monitoring to assess oil spill impacts and climate change, and research on how diverse glacial and non-glacial estuary habitats support resilient salmon populations at the 2013 […]

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Hotel Kasitsna: NCCOS Lodges Coast Guardsmen Raising Storm-sunk Boats

A 5-foot snowfall created a snowy winter wonderland just before Christmas near the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science Kasitsna Bay Laboratory in south-central Alaska. However, the heavy snow also sank two old, 50-foot fishing vessels in nearby Jakolof Bay, when one vessel capsized on top of the other. The U.S. Coast Guard oversaw salvage operations in […]

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Research Paper Documents History, Impacts of West Coast Harmful Algae Species

A recent research paper presents the state-of-knowledge on harmful algae along the west coast of North America. Along the Pacific coast of North America, from Alaska to Mexico, harmful algal blooms (HABs) are responsible for losses to natural resources and coastal economies, and have sickened and killed humans and animals for decades. Recent reports indicate […]

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NOAA Helps Improve Alaskan Biotoxin Testing Program

A series of workshops were held April 25-27, 2012 in Sitka, Alaska to inform shellfish growers, high school teachers and representatives of the Sitka Tribe for the purpose of  expanding the existing Alaska Harmful Algal Bloom Partnership.  The partnership is a collaborative project with the NOAA Phytoplankton Monitoring Network (PMN), NMFS Northwest Fisheries Science Center, […]

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Workshop Expands Greater Proactive Response to HAB Events in Alaska

Historically, Kodiak Island has not routinely monitored for HABs but has the greatest number of paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) cases in the United States. PSP is caused by the algae Alexandrium and is potentially fatal to humans. The NCCOS Phytoplankton Monitoring Network (PMN) partnered with the Kodiak Island Borough School District, Kodiak Island remote community […]

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Lab Event Inspires the Next Generation of Underwater Explorers and Scientists

Alaska students are training to be future marine scientists and underwater explorers through innovative science education opportunities provided by the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS). To inspire younger scientists, an NCCOS scientist with the Kasitsna Bay Laboratory hosted an “Underwater Robot Olympics” for 6th graders in Homer, Alaska in April 2012.   NCCOS […]

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Workshop Builds Local Science Capacity in Alaska

The National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) Kasitsna Bay Laboratory provided multidisciplinary marine science training for 12 tribal environmental coordinators from Alaska Native villages across the state in the third annual Tribal Marine Science Workshop on April 9-15, 2012. The workshop provided a unique opportunity for staff from remote villages to get classroom and […]

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