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New Test Identifies Low Level Toxin Exposure to Protect Human Health

A NCCOS Ecology and Oceanography of Harmful Algal Blooms (ECOHAB)-funded study at the University of Washington and the NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service laboratory in Seattle has developed a unique and convenient way to detect very low levels of exposure to the harmful algal toxin domoic acid in laboratory zebrafish and in wild California Sea lions. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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HAB Forecasts Featured in United Nations Newsletter

The January 2012 issue of the UNESCO  Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC)’s Harmful Algae News No. 45 featured NCCOS harmful algal bloom forecasts–both under development and operational. The article, “Harmful Algal Bloom Operational Forecast System in the US,” describes each forecast, how far along it is in development, plans for the future, as well as why each system is […]

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