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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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Massive Seabird Mortality Event in Oregon Linked to Harmful Algal Bloom – NCCOS and Partners Respond

In late October 2009, NOAA, state and university researchers in Oregon joined an ongoing regional effort to respond to a major seabird mortality and stranding event in the region. Thousands of seabirds appear to have been impacted by a widespread bloom of the algal species Akashiwo sanguinea. The species, believed to be non-toxic, produces soap-like foam that removes […]

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NOAA Develops New Rapid Test for Shellfish Toxin

Scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Mercury Science Inc. of Durham, N.C., are testing a new method to rapidly detect and accurately measure domoic acid, a harmful marine algal toxin that can cause serious illness and death in humans and marine mammals. “This new test gives marine resource managers and public health […]

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Research Elucidates the Origins of Puget Sound Hypoxia

Researchers at Battelle Marine Science Laboratories, sponsored through the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science’s Coastal Hypoxia Research Program, have found that hypoxia was more common in Puget Sound before and after Euroamerican settlement than during most of the 20th century, indicating non-anthropogenic origins. Elucidating the origins of Puget Sound hypoxia is critical for developing […]

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Technology to Improve Tribal Management of Shellfish in HAB Vulnerable Remote Locations

Scientists from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) working with the Quileute Tribe, and the Quinault Indian Nation successfully field tested a new rapid detection method for harmful algal bloom (HAB) toxin in shellfish, April 26-27, 2006. This method accurately determines levels of contamination in shellfish, expediting decisions to harvest or not to harvest, that previously suffered […]

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