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Harmful Algal Cyst Mapping in Washington Shows 10-fold Increase since 2013

An unprecedented bloom of the harmful alga Alexandrium occurred during Fall 2014 in Quilcene Bay, Hood Canal, Puget Sound, WA; the outbreak contaminated shellfish with potent biotoxins that can cause paralytic shellfish poisoning. The area of the bloom was historically biotoxin free, but at the peak of the event, the Washington State Department of Health detected toxin […]

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NCCOS Leads Efforts to Prioritize Cyanobacterial Harmful Algal Bloom Research

In 2014 access to drinking water in Toledo, Ohio was shut down due to cyanobacterial harmful algal bloom (HAB) toxins from Lake Erie. The National Science Foundation and NOAA responded with a workshop,“Global Solutions to Regional Problems: Collecting Global Expertise to Address the Problem of Harmful Algal Blooms,” at Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH, April 13-14, […]

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Technology Transfer of Toxin Detection Methods to South Korean Researchers

Two researchers from the Korea Institute of Ocean Science & Technology (KIOST) visited the NCCOS Center for Coastal Environmental Health and Biomolecular Research (CCEHBR) laboratory in Charleston, SC for two weeks of intensive training on the use of mass spectrometry to detect several algal toxin classes, including domoic acid (DA), paralytic shellfish toxins (PSTs), and […]

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New Partnerships in the Florida Keys Strengthen Early Warnings of Harmful Algal Blooms

A grant from the Ocean Reef Conservation Association (ORCA) to the Marine Resources Development Foundation enabled expansion of NOAA’s Phytoplankton Monitoring Network (PMN) monitoring sites in the Florida Keys. The Marine Resources Development Foundation has been an active volunteer group with PMN since 2012. With this ORCA grant and technical guidance from PMN, the Marine Resources […]

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NOAA, Partners Will Use Satellites to Protect Public from Harmful Freshwater Algal Blooms

NOAA has partnered with NASA, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Geological Survey to transform satellite data designed to probe ocean biology into information that will help protect the American public from harmful freshwater algal blooms. Harmful algal blooms are a worldwide environmental problem, costing millions of dollars annually. These toxic events threaten […]

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Measuring Parasites and Disease in U.S. Oysters and Mussels

NOAA today released its first-ever long term report of the national distribution of parasites and disease in mussels and oysters, concluding that there was no general threat to oyster and mussel population in the nation’s coastal waters at the time of the study, despite some locations along the Gulf of Mexico and West Coast with […]

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Alaskan Tribal Communities Trained for Testing Paralytic Shellfish Toxins

Last October, two cases of paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) were confirmed  after butter clams containing PSP toxins were harvested for personal consumption from a beach near Sitka, Alaska. Elevated PSP levels have prompted the state to close most southeast Alaska commercial shellfishery areas. However, recreational and subsistence shellfishers in the region remain at risk to […]

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NCCOS Shares Toxin Detection Technology with Central and South America

Regulatory scientists from Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama and Venezuela completed two weeks of formal training for toxin detection using methodologies developed by NCCOS. The course of study focused on rapid detection of toxins responsible for paralytic shellfish poison (PSP) and ciguatera fish poisoning (CFP) at the Centro de […]

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