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Mussel Watch Data Presented at Great Lakes Mercury Workshop

On May 30-31, NOAA Mussel Watch program data, collected by the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, was presented at “Mercury in the Great Lakes,” a workshop organized by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Great Lakes National Program Office/Region 5 and the U.S. Geological Survey. NCCOS has been monitoring a wide array of contaminants, including mercury, […]

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East Hampton News – East Hampton Wary As Red Tide Hits Southamtpon – 27east

As shellfish harvesting in parts of Southampton Town has been shut down by the eastward spread of the toxic “red tide” algae bloom, East Hampton officials have watched anxiously for signs that the toxin could find its way to East Hampton Town waters next. The scientists who discovered and have been tracking the emerging health […]

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NCCOS and International Joint Commission Scientists Prepare to Publish 20 Years of NOAA Mussel Watch Results

NCCOS scientists met with Victor Serveiss, Environmental Advisor to the International Joint Commission (IJC), to put the finishing touches on a Mussel Watch contribution to the next iteration of the Great Lakes Biennial Report set for publication this year (2012). This report provides an overview of NOAA and Mussel Watch monitoring efforts in the region since 1992. The […]

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Complex Control of Cyanobacterial Blooms in Lake Erie by Small Zooplankton and Nutrients

Cyanobacteria (also known as blue-green algae) are on the rise in the U.S. and worldwide, becoming a serious threat to freshwater resources and public health because of their toxins and disruptive effects on ecosystems. Ongoing research funded by the National Center for Coastal Ocean Science is uncovering the secrets of why cyanobacteria are so successful. […]

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Lake Erie’s “Backwards” Circulation Explained

Researchers have discovered that during the summer, Lake Erie circulates in an opposite direction than other lakes in the Northern Hemisphere. Instead of currents rotating in a counter-clockwise (“cyclonic”) direction driven by the rotation of the earth, central Lake Erie has a clockwise current driven by summer winds. This causes a bowl-shaped, or inverted, thermocline that is […]

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Symposium Offers Opportunity for Government Officials, NGOs, and Citizens to Learn About Causes of HABs in NY Coastal Waters

On Friday April 13, 2012, on the Stony Brook- Southampton campus of Stony Brook University, NCCOS sponsored scientist Dr. Christopher J. Gobler of Stony Brook University hosted the ninth annual Stony Brook -Southampton Coastal and Estuarine Research Program (SCERP) Environmental Symposium entitled “Connecting the Dots: Linkages Between Land Use and the Degradation of the Suffolk County […]

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Early Onset of Harmful Algal Bloom Leads to Long Island Shellfish Bed Closures

Selected inlet-estuary areas on eastern Long Island have been placed under temporary emergency shellfish closures by the State of New York. On April 5, 2012, New York announced the earliest-ever closure caused by high levels of the harmful algal toxin that causes paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) in New York shellfish and the first-ever biotoxin closure […]

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International Joint Commission Committed to Address Nutrient Problems in Lake Erie

Lake Erie is the shallowest and smallest of the Great Lakes by volume and is heavily influenced by agricultural and urban runoff.  It is subject to periodic outbreaks of harmful algal blooms (HABs) and hypoxia. These problems were identified as the highest priority of the International Joint Commission (IJC) as it drafts guidelines and targets […]

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