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Alaska to Use NCCOS Designed Phytoplankton Monitoring for Proactive Response to Red Tide Events

Twenty-one cases of paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) were confirmed during a spring 2011 red tide event along the coast of Alaska. The number of cases could have easily been much higher. Shellfish farmers and harvesters volunteering as phytoplankton monitors identified the harmful algal species Alexandrium during their bi-weekly plankton net tow and sample analysis. Their […]

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Alaska “Orange Goo” Rust Spores Confirmed

An “orange goo” covered the shoreline of the the Inupiat village of Kivalina, Alaska last summer. It alarmed residents, perplexed local state and federal agencies and caused an international sensation via the press. Residents thought it was a harmful algal bloom similar to Noctiluca which is common to nearshore Alaska waters.  Samples were sent NOAA’s Analytical Response […]

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Alaskan PSP Workshop Gets Stakeholders up to Speed

To improve communication and collaboration among scientists and public health practitioners focused on responding to outbreaks of paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP), the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services convened a workshop in January 2012. National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science scientists and external partners shared lessons from their efforts to respond to PSP outbreaks in 2011 […]

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Alaskan “Orange Goo” Determined to be Fungal Spores

On August 15, 2011, scientists established that the mysterious orange mass that washed ashore in a remote Alaskan village from August 6-7, consisted of fungus spores. The unusual phenomenon triggered a wave of media speculation and troubled residents of tiny Kivalina, who feared contamination of their water and food. Since then, samples shipped from the National […]

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The Mystery Rust of Kivalina, Alaska | The Artful Amoeba, Scientific American Blog Network

Last month a mysterious orange film (“goo” in the media vernacular) washed up on the shores of a northwest Alaskan village called Kivalina. Experts suspected crustacean eggs; locals were unnerved. In retrospect, reports that the substance “dried into a powder” should have been suspicious, as should reports that the orange stuff also appeared on the […]

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Scientists Peer into Alaska’s Ocean Depths to Assess Water Before Drilling

In an effort to monitor the condition of Alaska’s offshore resources, scientists from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science are sampling the water and seafloor life of the Chukchi Sea. The three-week research cruise supports the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation, which is gathering baseline data on areas proposed for oil and gas surveys […]

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NOAA Test Kit Development Targets Shellfish Toxins in Alaska

Researchers from NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) are laying the groundwork to fill gaps in coverage for screening shellfish collected by harvesters in rural Alaska. Using toxin signatures developed by a scientist at the Food and Drug Administration, NCCOS scientists are working to develop a test kit that can save time and […]

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NCCOS Scientists Reinforce Collaboration with Native Communities and Environmental Managers in Alaska

National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science researchers briefed elders and interested residents in the native villages of Port Graham, Nanwalek and Seldovia, including an outreach presentation to high school students at Nanwalek, on the findings of recent research in the area. The information presented included results from recent assessments and ongoing research on the magnitude […]

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