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New Program Manager Recruited for Hypoxia Research Coordination

David Kidwell has joined NCCOS’s Ecosystem Stressors Research Branch, where he will serve as a program manager for hypoxia activities. He will oversee several projects supporting the mandates of the Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Research and Control Act (HABHRCA). This includes hypoxia projects in the Gulf of Mexico and a Chesapeake Bay HAB project […]

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Restoring Saginaw Bay: NCCOS Provides Managers Science-based Recommendations

On May 22, NCCOS researchers delivered a set of recommendations to state and federal natural resource managers and policy makers focused on addressing multiple contaminant stressors impacting Saginaw Bay, one of several critical areas of concern identified by the EPA for restoration in Lake Huron. Findings from the  5-year project present state-of-the-science information on how stresses such as […]

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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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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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NCCOS and Partners Experiment with First Underwater Robot that Will Remotely Detect Red Tide Toxins in Gulf of Maine

NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science and partners will conduct the first field test of an underwater robot using an NCCOS-developed toxin sensor that will enable remote, automated measurements of paralytic shellfish toxins (PSTs) produced by the dinoflagellate Alexandrium that causes toxic red tides in the Gulf of Maine (GOM). The robot, called 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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Scientists seek solutions to Lake Erie algae – Associated Press

Scientists are developing proposals for dealing with the worsening problem of harmful algae in Lake Erie. Experts from the U.S. and Canada met Monday and Tuesday in Windsor, Ontario, to discuss findings from research into blue-green algae blooms on the lake. They are toxic and have caused animal deaths. The scientists are examining sources of […]

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Lake Erie Nutrient Management Priorities Set at International Workshop

Don Scavia, a researcher whose work is funded in part by the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, presented results from his Lake Erie hypoxia ecological forecasting project. His presentation focused on phosphorus loading, climate influence on those loads, subsequent impacts on dissolved oxygen and harmful algal blooms, and best management practices to control nutrient runoff. Despite […]

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