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Improving Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning Response in Alaska

Harmful algal blooms, particularly those that cause paralytic shellfish poisoning, pose a threat to human health, food security, and the economy of local communities in Alaska. There is a need for greater understanding of these blooms by community members and for the development of an effective and integrated monitoring system. To meet these needs, NCCOS […]

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NCCOS Research Featured in EPA Webinar Series on Inland Harmful Algal Blooms

On Jan. 14, NCCOS researchers Steve Morton and Rick Stumpf were featured speakers at an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) webinar focused on inland harmful algal blooms. The event was part of an EPA webinar series intended to build awareness about the effects of nutrient pollution and harmful algal blooms on the environment. Dr. Morton provided […]

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Helping Alaska Tribe Launch a Harmful Algal Bloom Monitoring Program

The NCCOS Event Response Program is funding a project to assist the Sitka Tribe of Alaska and other communities in southeast Alaska establish a harmful algal bloom (HAB) monitoring program for recreational and subsistence shellfisheries. In October, two cases of paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) were reported by the state and were linked to butter clams […]

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NCCOS Researchers Inform National Audience on Harmful Algae via EPA Webinar Series

Two internationally acclaimed harmful algal bloom (HAB) researchers with NCCOS affiliations presented the third EPA Webinar Series to Build Awareness About Harmful Algal Blooms and Nutrient Pollution. Dr. Steve Morton of the Marine Biotoxins Program in Charleston, South Carolina teamed with Dr. Don Anderson of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Massachusetts to air the August […]

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NOAA-supported Researcher Informs Gulf of Maine Fishermen of Harmful Algae Threat

At the 39th Annual Maine Fishermen’s Forum, NCCOS-supported, Dr. Kate Hubbard, described a new, emerging harmful algal bloom (HAB) threat with possible future implications for shellfish harvesting in the Gulf of Maine. Responding to this new HAB threat in the Gulf of Maine in August 2012, the NCCOS provided funding to Dr. Hubbard to map […]

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Orange Tides in Alaska?

For the sixth summer in a row an orange discoloration has appeared in Alaskan coastal waters.  NCCOS scientists provided “coastal intelligence” to officials that these “orange tides” differ; Some result from water borne harmful algal cells, others by air-driven terrestrial fungal spores. In 2008, NCCOS scientists determined an orange tide in Ketchican came from a […]

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Omani Scientists Learn Algae and Toxin Sampling and Identification

As part of a formal agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency, two researchers from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science visited Muscat, Oman this week as “IAEA Experts.” The seminar provided the 15 participants with an overview of algae and toxin sampling techniques and visual identification of algae species. Next March, the Americans return […]

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NOAA Funds Response to Toxic Algae Bloom in Gulf of Maine

As a first-ever precautionary response to an unprecedented bloom of the toxic alga Pseudo-nitzschia in its waters, Maine officials have temporarily banned shellfish harvesting along part of the coast.  A survey cruise and a volunteer monitoring network, both funded by the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, identified the bloom species and mapped where and how big […]

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