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Harmful Algal Bloom Operational Forecast System in the US | Harmful Algae News

It was October 31, 1987—Halloween Day in the U.S. It seemed to be an otherwise ordinary day, but people on the  beaches near Beaufort, North Carolina, were experiencing out of the ordinary respiratory distress. A bloom of “Florida red tide”, the toxic algae Karenia brevis, had unexpectedly appeared in North Carolina coastal waters for the  first time on record. It […]

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Northwest Oyster Die-offs Show Ocean Acidification Has Arrived by Elizabeth Grossman: Yale Environment 360

Standing on the shores of Netarts Bay in Oregon on a sunny fall morning, it’s hard to imagine that the fate of the oysters being raised here at the Whiskey Creek Shellfish Hatchery is being determined by what came out of smokestacks and tailpipes in the 1960s and ‘70s. But this rural coastal spot and […]

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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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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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Domoic Acid Test Kit Helps Tribes in the Pacific Northwest

Better. Faster. Easier. And cheaper too. It might sound like the latest and greatest gizmo being hawked over late-night TV. But those are actual terms that end-users—read that as “customers”—apply to their experiences with a new testing method developed by National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science researchers for detecting and measuring domoic acid. The new […]

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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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