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Ohio’s Lake Erie Algal Bloom Monitoring Strategy Refined

On Nov 19, National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) researchers met with local partners working on restoring Lake Erie’s ecosystem to review the unusual 2012 algal blooms, and assess the 2012 bloom forecast. This year there were unusual blooms along the center of the lake, both in late winter and in early summer. The […]

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University of the Virgin Islands Ciguatera Researcher wins NOAA Grant

Dr. Tyler Smith, a scientist with the University of the Virgin Islands Center for Marine and Environmental Studies in St. Thomas, was recently awarded a NOAA grant to study to understand factors influencing the occurrence of ciguatera fish poisoning and develop methods to predict outbreaks.  Dr. Smith is partnering with colleagues from around the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico and Florida […]

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Fish-Killing Algae Species Evades Predators to Survive and Bloom

A recently published study into how Heterosigma rapidly forms blooms discovered a remarkable behavior: they flee. This fish-killing species of microscopic plant swims away when it senses single-celled predators are feeding on others nearby. In response, they take “shelter” in low salinity water layers which the predators find intolerable. The investigators said they had never seen a plant swim […]

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Excess Algae Responsible for Hotspots of Increased Ocean Acidification

A research paper published this week reveals that large die-offs of algae locally magnify ocean acidification. As the cells die and sinks to the bottom, the bacteria population that feeds on them swells in response, consuming more oxygen and releasing more carbon dioxide (CO2). The CO2 reacts in seawater to form acidic compounds that lower […]

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NOAA Meets with Florida Officials to Increase Product Utility

At a gathering designed to put NOAA’s suite of red tide forecasts in the hands of more Floridians, National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science’s harmful algae experts and their partners explored avenues to strengthen partner collaboration, gather feedback, identify improvements, consider potential users, and determine requirements for new developments. The Florida officials seemed genuinely excited […]

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NOAA Provides Weekly Harmful Algal Bloom Forecasts for Lake Erie

The western shores of Lake Erie have long been a longed-for destination of Ohio residents and others from nearby states. For many, summer would not be complete without time spent fishing, boating, or kayaking at Huntington Beach, Headlands State Park, or the ever popular Put-in-Bay. The annual economic value of Lake Erie tourism is estimated […]

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Toxic Algae Maps Aid Galveston Fish Kill Response

A scientist will map the extent of a red tide bloom during the course of a hypoxia-mapping project cruise funded by the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science’s Gulf of Mexico Ecosystems & Hypoxia Assessment program.  The bloom, which was discovered August 10, caused massive fish kills and respiratory and eye irritation along the upper Texas coast.  Local […]

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New Algal Threat to Puget Shellfish Eaters Draws Event Response Funding

The National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science provided funds so that the state of Washington’s Department of Health, the NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center HAB Program, and the  SoundToxins partnership can analyze diarretic shellfish poisoning (DSP) toxins in shellfish and monitor for Dinophysis, the dinoflagellate that produces the toxins. In 2011 three people became ill with DSP […]

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