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Olympic Region HAB Partnership – A Model for Science-based Coastal Management

Interdisciplinary, cross-agency partnerships are  key to managing ecosystem-scale challenges, but the ability to form lasting partnerships that truly meet the science needs of managers is often hindered by ignorance of the challenges and benefits of institutional collaboration. The Olympic Region Harmful Algal Bloom (ORHAB) Partnership is the subject of a recent organizational management review conducted […]

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Volunteers gathering mussels not for meals but to gauge health of shoreline waters | HeraldNet.com – Local news

EDMONDS — On the jetty at Brackett’s Landing this past week, volunteers pried mussels from barnacle-encrusted boulders using serrated table knives. The tiny black bivalves dislodged to crinkling sounds on a frigid afternoon were too puny for any self-respecting chef to serve up on a steaming plate. No, these mussels were headed for Ziploc bags […]

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Deep-sea Corals under Consideration for Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) in the Pacific

New research findings on deep-sea corals  and seafloor topography along the US west coast are providing important information for fishery management decisions in the region. These fragile habitats are subject to protection under the Magnuson-Stevens Reauthorization Act of 2006. The Act gives authority to the Pacific Fisheries Management Council (PFMC) to modify protection zones and […]

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Puget Sound Cyst Survey Begins

A project to model favorable habitat areas for the dinoflagellate  Alexandrium catenella is underway in Washington’s Puget Sound.  Sediment from nearly 100 sites will be sampled during two cruises in January and February and the cyst abundance mapped.  Alexandrium produces potent neurotoxins that accumulate in shellfish and cause severe illness or death in people who eat […]

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Washington State Researcher Updates Partners with Status of Algal Bloom Model

Dr. Barbara Hickey of the University of Washington recently presented the current status of their harmful algal bloom (HAB) modeling efforts to state, tribal, and federal agency partners with the Washington State Olympic Region Harmful Algal Bloom (ORHAB) Program. HAB managers learned of recent modeling advances that may benefit regional efforts to predict and mitigate […]

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Northwest Oyster Die-offs Show Ocean Acidification Has Arrived by Elizabeth Grossman: Yale Environment 360

Standing on the shores of Netarts Bay in Oregon on a sunny fall morning, it’s hard to imagine that the fate of the oysters being raised here at the Whiskey Creek Shellfish Hatchery is being determined by what came out of smokestacks and tailpipes in the 1960s and ‘70s. But this rural coastal spot and […]

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Shellfish biotoxin detected at unsafe levels for first time in Washington waters – 08/11/2011 – Washington State Department of Health

OLYMPIA – State health officials warn that a type of biotoxin never before found in Washington shellfish has been detected in shellfish from the Sequim Bay area. The discovery led to a commercial and recreational harvest closure in Sequim Bay, and people are urged not to eat shellfish from that area until further notice due […]

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New Forecast and Mobile HAB Lab will Alert Puget Sound Officials to Toxic Algae

Two new research projects in Puget Sound to better understand and manage outbreaks of harmful algae that threaten public health and fisheries are being funded by the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science.  The goal of one project is to develop forecasts of the toxic dinoflagellate Alexandrium catenella, based on the occurrence of seed-like cysts […]

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