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Congressional Interest in Harmful Algae and Dead Zone Bill Prompts Hearing

In June 2011, a House of Representatives subcommittee on energy and environment unveiled a bill to reauthorize research on hypoxic “dead zones” and harmful algal blooms (HABs). During a hearing on the legislation, lawmakers listened to officials from NOAA and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, experts on the Chesapeake Bay, and a scientist from the […]

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2011 New England “Red Tide” Outlook and Management Response

In April 2011 scientists from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science-funded Gulf of Maine Toxicity (GOMTOX) project issued an outlook for a moderate regional bloom of the toxic alga, Alexandrium fundyense, that can cause ‘red tides’ in the spring and summer of this year, threatening the New England shellfish industry. However, there are signs […]

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New Research Aims to Unravel How Nutrients Drive Toxic “Brown Tides”

NOAA has awarded Massachusetts-based Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution $120,000 as part of an anticipated three-year, nearly $500,000 project, to determine how nitrogen and phosphorus promote brown tides on the East Coast. Funds were awarded through the interagency Ecology and Oceanography of Harmful Algal Blooms (ECOHAB) program, represented at NOAA by the National Centers for Coastal […]

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Assessment Quantifies Extent of Sediment Contamination, Toxicity in Chesapeake Bay

The National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) has released “Magnitude and Extent of Contaminated Sediment and Toxicity in Chesapeake Bay“, a report that provides chemical contaminant and benthic organism information useful for management planning efforts and understanding the Bay ecosystem. Sediment contaminants often pose ecological and human health risks through degraded habitats, loss of […]

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Recent Mussel Watch Project Findings on Persistent Organic Pollutants Shared at International Venue Will Inform Future Research and Management Efforts

As a part of their talks on persistent organic pollutants, two scientists presented National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) Mussel Watch Project data at the recent 27th annual meeting of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, providing information that will serve to inform future research and environmental management efforts. The Mussel Watch Project […]

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