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Puget Sound Water Quality Review Highlights NCCOS HAB Research

The Puget Sound Ecosystem Monitoring Program released the 4th annual report on marine water conditions in Puget Sound for 2014 on September 9, 2015. The report, “Puget Sound Marine Waters: 2014 Overview,” enhances the understanding of the complex ecosystem of Puget Sound, an economic lifeline for Western Washington. The comprehensive report covers a host of […]

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NCCOS Sponsors 20 New Research Projects

NCCOS awarded nearly $4.5 million in new research grants while maintaining sponsorship of 42 continuing projects during 2015 for a total of $8.2 million in funding for innovative research. All of the endeavors address significant and complex coastal issues. The projects were selected using a rigorous, competitive, and peer-review process. The cutting-edge research will provide critical […]

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Toxic Algae and Their Seaweed Hosts May Predict Ciguatera Fish Poisoning

New research shows that different Caribbean species of Gambierdiscus—the microscopic marine algae most often associated with ciguatera fish poisoning (CFP)—demonstrate different growth and attachment behaviors with different coral reef seaweed hosts. The findings are helping researchers understand how ciguatoxin moves through the food web, information which, in turn, could be used to improve reef sampling and monitoring […]

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New Technology Documents Rapid Phytoplankton Response to Tropical Storms and Hurricanes

A scientific study funded by NCCOS’ ECOHAB program, shows phytoplankton community structure changing rapidly, often by the hour, as tropical cyclones pass by. A revolutionary sampling instrument, the Imaging FlowCytobot (IFCB) allows hourly real-time continuous observation of phytoplankton changes. Over time the IFCB provides an extraordinary view of phytoplankton community structure. Prior studies of phytoplankton responses to […]

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The Future of Algae Bloom Monitoring Technology

Technology developed with NCCOS funding is rapidly advancing harmful algal bloom (HAB) monitoring capabilities nationwide. These cutting edge detection tools are now commercially available and transitioning them to sustained management operations is the new norm. Recently a U. S. National Park Service (NPS) funded study benefited from the use of the NCCOS-developed “underwater microscope” Imaging […]

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Scientists Assess Impacts of Bioluminescent Algae on Chesapeake Bay Fisheries

Around mid-August, a bloom of the dinoflagellate Alexandrium monilatum appeared in lower Chesapeake Bay and its tidal tributaries. It is unclear whether the bloom originated there or was carried there by currents. Since it first appeared in the York River and at the oceanfront off Sandbridge Beach, the bloom has been observed miles into lower […]

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Ciguatoxin Detection Technology Transfer With French Polynesia

Researchers from the Institut Louis Malardè (ILM) in French Polynesia visited the NCCOS Center for Coastal Fisheries and Habitat Research (CCFHR) to gain expertise on working with Harmful Algal Bloom species. Dr. Mireille Chinain and Dr. Taiana Darius completed eleven days of training on the method and technique of cytotoxicity assays to detect ciguatoxins (CTXs) […]

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West Coast Harmful Algal Bloom Explained

An unprecedented West Coast harmful algal bloom (HAB) continues, hurting Pacific Coast marine wildlife and causing economic losses to commercial shell fishers from Alaska to California. NCCOS sponsored scientists are participating in the event response and providing information to the public. Recently, NCCOS sponsored scientist Dr. Vera Trainer of NOAA Fisheries joined Washington and Oregon […]

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