You are here: Home / News / Page 3

News and Features by Region Pacific Northwest Archives - Page 3 of 4 - News and Features

NOAA and Partner Scientists Discover Way to Detect Low-level Exposure to Seafood Toxin in marine animals

NOAA scientists and their colleagues have discovered a biological marker in the blood of laboratory zebrafish and marine mammals that shows when they have been repeatedly exposed to low levels of domoic acid, which is potentially toxic at high levels. While little is known about how low-level exposure to domoic acid affects marine animals or […]

Continue reading

Pacific Northwest HAB Project Helps Predict Japanese Tsunami Debris Paths

Where, how and why harmful algal blooms occur off coastal Washington and Oregon and predicting their arrival on coastal beaches is the goal of the NCCOS sponsored harmful algal bloom (HAB) project “PNWTOX” (Pacific Northwest Toxins).   A PNWTOX model developed for HABs is being put to use to help forecast the movement of the debris field […]

Continue reading

Battling ‘Red Tide,’ Scientists Map Toxic Algae To Prevent Shellfish Poisoning : The Salt : NPR

Public health officials have their hands full keeping your clam chowder and raw oysters safe. That’s due, in part, to red tides. Red tides happen nearly every year as coastal waters warm, killing fish and poisoning shellfish along U.S. coasts. They’re not actually tides — they’re huge blooms of naturally-occurring toxic algae. If people eat […]

Continue reading

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 […]

Continue reading

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 […]

Continue reading

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 […]

Continue reading

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 […]

Continue reading

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 […]

Continue reading