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Kachemak Bay Marine Science Conference: Healthy Bays = Vibrant Alaska Communities

The National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science’s (NCCOS) Kasitsna Bay Laboratory helped organize and participated in the 2012 Kachemak Bay Marine Science Conference, held on March 8-10, 2012 in Homer, Alaska. The multidisciplinary conference focused on how the health and diversity of coastal resources in Kachemak Bay are critical for resilience in both natural and […]

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New Tool for Identifying Harmful Algae in Alaska

A quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) assay has been developed for the dominant HAB species that causes paralytic shellfish poisoning in Alaskan waters. This assay provides positive identification of Alexandrium fundyense and quantifies the number of cells in field samples. The significance of this assay is that qPCRs can be incorporated into monitoring programs to detect toxic […]

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Mystery of Alaskan “Goo” Rust Solved at Last | The Artful Amoeba, Scientific American Blog Network

Last fall the small Alaskan coastal village of Kivalina was inundated by a mysterious orange “goo”(click for photo). Locals and others suspected a toxic algal bloom (see here for image), or perhaps some sort of chemical release, or millions of microscopic “crustacean eggs.” Yet just a month later the mystery substance was identified as none […]

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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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