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NCCOS Prepares Toxin Sensor for Gulf of Maine Red Tide Forecasting

An NCCOS technical expert completed critical calibrations of the paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) toxin sensor for an Environmental Sample Processor (ESP) platform stationed at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s Laboratory for Ocean Sensors and Observing Systems (LOSOS). Beginning in early May, this ESP will perform autonomous, near real-time monitoring of toxins associated with cells of the red […]

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NOAA Shepherds Transition of Gulf of Maine Harmful Algal Bloom Model to Operational Forecast System

NOAA and partners are working to transition a harmful algal bloom (HAB) model for Alexandrium  fundyense in the Gulf of Maine (GoM) into a NOAA operational forecast system (OFS), which would help minimize economic losses to a $200-300 million dollar a year shellfish industry in Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. A. fundyense is a dinoflagellate phytoplankton that produces […]

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Ocean Acidification Concerns, Information to be Aired at NE Stakeholders Workshops

The Northeast Coastal Acidification Network (NECAN) is planning an “Ocean and Coastal Acidification Stakeholder Workshop” for December 10, 2014 at the Darling Marine Center in Walpole, Maine. As a member of NECAN, NCCOS is playing a major role in the development and facilitation of the upcoming workshop.  The purpose of the meeting is to inform […]

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Next-generation HAB Detectors are Smaller, Cheaper, and Getting Attention

Two instruments developed with NCCOS support are revolutionizing the detection of harmful algal blooms (HABs). The Environmental Sample Processor, or ESP, and the Imaging Flow Cytobot, or IFCB, are receiving more attention from scientists and managers and are the focus of an August 2014 article in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. The article describes the […]

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Gulf of Maine Red Tide Forecast Suggests Modest Bloom: Robotic Sensors Deployed to Confirm and Improve Future Predictions

A team of NOAA and academic researchers led by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) has issued a seasonal red tide forecast for the Gulf of Maine as part of a pilot program that expands NOAA harmful algal bloom (HAB) forecasting to this region. The forecast suggests a modest bloom for the upcoming 2014 season. […]

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New Pathogen and HAB Detection Device Designed with Volunteers in Mind

NCCOS-funded researchers at the University of Maine have developed a new, hand-held device for pathogen detection. The portable, easy-to-use, and inexpensive design of this sensor meets key use needs of volunteer and government public health, water, and shellfish monitoring personnel. Researchers plan to give these instruments to Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) harmful algal […]

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Tackling Ocean Acidification in Maine

Ocean chemistry is rapidly changing due to rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide, which has increased the acidity of seawater worldwide. Ocean acidification can affect marine resources such as fish and shellfish and may be particularly acute in Gulf of Maine waters because low temperatures and runoff from the land can exacerbate acidic conditions. On […]

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New Research in the Gulf of Maine Improves Red Tide Forecasting

Scientists from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science recently teamed with sponsored partners to collect sediment samples in the Gulf of Maine needed to find cysts of the harmful algae Alexandrium fundyense. The data collection took place on Nov. 6–11 aboard NOAA’s research ship Okeanos Explorer—the first time a NOAA ship has been used […]

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