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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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NOAA Weather Radio Warns Alaskan Shellfish Gatherers to Avoid Toxic Harvest

From April 10-12, 2012, Alaska’s Department of Health and Social Services reported three suspected cases of paralytic shellfish poisoning caused by blooms of the harmful alga Alexandrium. All three individuals ate shellfish harvested in the Juneau area that weekend. The National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science quickly connected the state health department with NOAA’s Weather Service in Alaska […]

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Partnerships: Bringing Scientists and Resource Managers Together to Explore Opportunities for Using Fisheries Acoustics in the Southeast US

Underwater acoustics for mapping the water column Underwater acoustics (ie. fisheries sonars) uses sound to detect and map the presence of fish and other organisms in the water column.  An acoustic signal or ping is sent into the water column from an transducer.  The strength of the return signal is measured and is correlated to […]

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Pacific Northwest HAB Project Helps Predict Japanese Tsunami Debris Paths

Where, how and why harmful algal blooms occur off coastal Washington and Oregon and predicting their arrival on coastal beaches is the goal of the NCCOS sponsored harmful algal bloom (HAB) project “PNWTOX” (Pacific Northwest Toxins).   A PNWTOX model developed for HABs is being put to use to help forecast the movement of the debris field […]

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Cold, but fun! NCCOS builds marine research capacity by training scientific divers

Fourteen divers were trained in basic and advanced scientific diving techniques at the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science Kasitsna Bay Laboratory from 10-17 March 2012 in a class run by the University of Alaska Fairbanks.  Diving is a key tool for near-shore marine research and the Kasitsna Bay Laboratory course provides hands-on training in […]

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NCCOS scientists partnering with Alaska Native communities to understand losses of shellfish

Alaska is often considered to be a pristine environment, but local and regional depletions of nearshore coastal shellfish and other invertebrate species are being observed in places like Kachemak Bay. Local tribal communities are particularly concerned about depletions of the clam, crab, cockle and chiton species they have traditionally harvested. National Centers for Coastal Ocean […]

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