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Orange Tides in Alaska?

For the sixth summer in a row an orange discoloration has appeared in Alaskan coastal waters.  NCCOS scientists provided “coastal intelligence” to officials that these “orange tides” differ; Some result from water borne harmful algal cells, others by air-driven terrestrial fungal spores. In 2008, NCCOS scientists determined an orange tide in Ketchican came from a […]

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Spring into NCCOS Science Dive Training in Alaska!

The National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) Kasitsna Bay Laboratory near Seldovia, Alaska hosted 18 science divers during its spring 2013 class run in partnership with University of Alaska Fairbanks.  Near-freezing water temperatures and fresh snow – normal spring conditions in south-central Alaska – provided the divers with great training in cold-water and dry […]

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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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