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NCCOS Researcher Featured in First EPA Webinar Series on Harmful Algae

On June 25, NCCOS’s Quay Dortch was a featured speaker at the first Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) summer webinar series on harmful algal blooms (HABs) and nutrient pollution, and their impacts on freshwater and marine ecosystems. Dr. Dortch provided attendees with an introduction to marine HABs, their toxins, causes, and their impacts. She was joined by […]

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Gordon Research Conference Highlights NCCOS Expertise in Harmful Algae Research

At the June 16-21, Mycotoxins & Phycotoxins Gordon Research Conference, NCCOS-sponsored researchers and agency scientists led sessions, gave presentations, and provided expert discussions on algal and cyanobacterial blooms and their toxins that adversely affect humans and wildlife. NCCOS’s Dr. Quay Dortch co-chaired a session entitled “Strategies and Regulation for Prevention and Control” that highlighted strategies and projects […]

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NCCOS HAB Partner Honored by White House

On June 25, NCCOS HAB Program partner Dr. Julia K. Parrish was honored as a Champion of Change by the White House.  Dr. Parrish is the founder and executive director of the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST), a group that organizes coastal residents to monitor beach-cast seabird carcasses in California, Oregon, Washington and […]

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Research Shows Shellfish Metabolism of Red Tide Toxin Can Change the Outcome of Poisoning

As recent as 2012, the State of Texas was impacted by the longest red tide on record, leading to the collapse of its oyster industry and  the Governor to seek disaster assistance from the U. S. Department of Commerce. A new study published in the American Chemical Society journal: Chemical Research in Toxicology shows that in animals the […]

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NCCOS Transfers Toxin Detection Method to Maine Start-Up Company to Provide Testing of Paralytic Shellfish Toxins

Scientists from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) provided training on the NCCOS-developed receptor binding assay (RBA) for paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) toxins to visiting scientist Darcie Couture, Lead Scientist from Resource Access International, LLC (RAI LLC) in Brunswick, Maine. The RBA for PSP toxins is a rapid, cost-effective test that measures algal […]

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Manatees Are Dying in Droves, Florida Says ‘Too Bad’ I TakePart.com Environment

‘Red tide’ and a loss of sea grass account for some manatee deaths, but researchers believe undiscovered factors are also at play.  A record number of endangered manatees are dying in Florida’s waterways. So far this year, 582 manatees have died, more than any year on record, according to preliminary numbers from the Florida Fish […]

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International Harmful Algal Bloom Panel Convenes to Decide Future HAB Activities

On April 28-30, 2013, Dr. Robert Magnien of NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) chaired the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission’s Intergovernmental Panel on Harmful Algal Blooms (IPHAB).  This year, IPHAB reviewed progress on harmful algae priorities and initiatives in partnership with other international organizations such as International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) and the […]

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Blood Monitoring Aids Response and Rehabilitation of Algae-poisoned Seabirds

Seabirds in the Gulf of Mexico are subject to multiple hazards, such as pollutants and natural toxins, including algae-produced brevetoxin.  NCCOS scientists who have pioneered the measurement of brevetoxin in live animals from blood collection cards brought this method into operation with wildlife managers in Florida to support health assessment and rehabilitation. These cards were […]

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