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Golden Algae Toxin Identified, Detection and Monitoring Tools Developed

Researchers finally identified the main toxic compounds produced by Prymnesium parvum, also known as “golden tide.” A fish-killing algae, this organism had historically affected aquaculture and marine systems worldwide, but now also frequently plagues popular fishing spots in the western United States, such as in Arizona last month. Identifying these toxins as well as their primary mode of […]

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Rise of the CyanoHABs

Cyanobacteria (also known as blue-green algae) are proliferating in the U.S. and worldwide, becoming a serious threat to freshwater resources and public health. Results from NCCOS harmful algal bloom programs are uncovering the secrets of why cyanobacteria are so successful so they can be used to develop new strategies to control them. Cyanobacteria, which have […]

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Environmental Health Perspectives: Forecasts Aid HABs Response

Forecasting doesn’t eliminate the need for shellfish resource managers to test and monitor toxicity, but it can help them do so more effectively, says WHOI senior scientist Dennis McGillicuddy, a member of the team that developed HAB forecasting methods for the Gulf of Maine. It can also assist local public health departments in their responses […]

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Explore: Ecological Forecasting

Forecasts are a part of our everyday lives. Weather forecasts help businesses make plans. Economic forecasts help individuals and businesses navigate the uncertainties of the financial world. Similarly, ecological forecasts allow people to answer the “what if” questions in coastal management. Why do we need this? Because our coasts and oceans are constantly changing! Just […]

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New Mosquito Control Poses Risk to Coastal Shrimp

Researchers from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science have discovered that the insecticide etofenprox is toxic to estuarine grass shrimp.  Because this insecticide is touted as a being one of the safer products to use around people and pets, manufacturers and consumers are starting to turn to it for mosquito control. Should use of […]

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Making Waves: Powerful Fish-Killing Toxin May Lead to Human Health Benefits (Episode 36)

In 2002, a mysterious disease began killing fish at a commercial aquaculture facility in North Carolina. Lots of fish. Over 21,000 striped bass died during the outbreak. At the time, no one knew what caused this massive fish kill. Why did it happen? Would it happen again? We now know that the culprit behind the […]

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Phytoplankton Toxin Kills Cancer Cells

A National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science scientist and partners  have identified and characterized a powerful fish-killing toxin that has cancer-killing properties. Laboratory tests indicate that even low concentrations of euglenophycin led to a significant decrease in cancer cell growth, and can kill cancer cells.  Preliminary studies show the toxin is highly effective against renal […]

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Managing Our Invaluable Coastal Ecosystems in a Changing Climate

Are we loving our coasts to death? Part I—Introduction and Overview Our coastal ocean ecosystems provide us inestimable ecological, recreational, and economic benefits. Our populations flock to these coastal areas, both as full–time residents and as vacationers. The notion that we as a species yearn to return to the sea is one familiar to all […]

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