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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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Sea Lion Sickness: usoceangov Ocean Today kiosk video

Sea lions are ordinarily playful mammals…but toxic blooms of algae are making these critters sick. Learn how NOAA and its partners are studying sea lions to better understand how algae can cause illness in other mammals, including humans. “Sea Lion Sickness” is just one of many exciting videos on The Ocean Today Kiosk. For full […]

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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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