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Potential Impacts of Asian Carp in Lake Erie

As the invasive Asian Carp move up the Illinois River threatening the Great Lakes, managers and policy makers struggle with the question of what impact the invasive fish will have on those ecosystems. To understand the potential effects, a team of academic and agency researchers supported by National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science predicted how Lake Erie’s food web could […]

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Study Supports EPA to Control Both Nitrogen and Phosphorus in Freshwaters

One of the most common bloom-forming cyanobacteria (blue green algae) in freshwater ecosystems is Microcystis, which produces the liver toxin microcystin. Like many cyanobacteria, blooms of Microcystis are associated with higher temperatures and the availability of nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P). Many freshwater ecosystems are P-limited, meaning P plays the key role in the occurrence of most cyanobacteria blooms, […]

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NOAA and Partners Address Environmental Concerns of Great Lakes Commercial Net-Pen Aquaculture

A Blue Ribbon Panel of scientists from NOAA, state, and academia recently released a report addressing environmental concerns with development of a net-pen aquaculture industry in the Great Lakes.  The report, Great Lakes Net-Pen Commercial Aquaculture: A Short Summary of the Science, details many issues including the need for best management practices for operations and […]

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‘Smartphone Microscopes’ Help Provide Early Warning of Harmful Algal Blooms in Lake Erie

Citizen scientists are using “smartphone microscopes” to identify harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie. The NCCOS Phytoplankton Monitoring Network, in collaboration with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, supplied volunteers in Western Lake Erie with the new generation of “smart” microscopes, which have built-in tablets. Each smartphone tablet is pre-loaded by NCCOS scientists with “Phyto”—an application that […]

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New Predictive Tool Helps Managers in Lake Michigan’s Green Bay

A new predictive management tool addresses an issue that confronts Wisconsin resource managers, farmers, environmentalists and fish scientists – too many nutrients, mainly phosphorus, from the Lower Fox River washing into Green Bay leading to hypoxia and harmful algal blooms. The model tool, developed by the Green Bay hypoxia and climate change project and funded by NCCOS’ […]

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Expanding Harmful Algal Bloom Monitoring in Western Lake Erie

The NCCOS Phytoplankton Monitoring Network, established to monitor phytoplankton and harmful algal blooms (HABs), is partnering with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to expand into the Western Basin of Lake Erie.  Monitoring stations were selected with input from NOAA’s Ecological Forecasting Services to provide strategic sites to support the NCCOS Lake Erie Experimental Forecast. Recently, the […]

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NOAA, Partners Predict Severe Harmful Algal Bloom for Lake Erie

On July 9, NOAA and its research partners, using an ensemble modeling approach, predict that the 2015 western Lake Erie harmful algal bloom season will be among the most severe in recent years and could become the second most severe behind the record-setting 2011 bloom. The bloom will be expected to measure 8.7 on the severity […]

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Prestigious Toxins Conference Features NCCOS Science

The 2015 Mycotoxins & Phycotoxins Conference, held June 14-19, 2015 at Stonehill College, Easton, Maine highlighted the latest research on prevention and mitigation of harmful algal blooms by a number of NCCOS sponsored scientists. The 2015 conference program included scientists funded by NCCOS through the Prevention, Control, and Mitigation of Harmful Algal Blooms (PCMHAB) Program: […]

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