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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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NOAA Helps Improve Alaskan Biotoxin Testing Program

A series of workshops were held April 25-27, 2012 in Sitka, Alaska to inform shellfish growers, high school teachers and representatives of the Sitka Tribe for the purpose of  expanding the existing Alaska Harmful Algal Bloom Partnership.  The partnership is a collaborative project with the NOAA Phytoplankton Monitoring Network (PMN), NMFS Northwest Fisheries Science Center, […]

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Workshop Expands Greater Proactive Response to HAB Events in Alaska

Historically, Kodiak Island has not routinely monitored for HABs but has the greatest number of paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) cases in the United States. PSP is caused by the algae Alexandrium and is potentially fatal to humans. The NCCOS Phytoplankton Monitoring Network (PMN) partnered with the Kodiak Island Borough School District, Kodiak Island remote community […]

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Scientists Confirm Toxicity of Dinophysis Bloom in Corpus Christi Bay

Volunteers of the Phytoplankton Monitoring Network, working in conjunction with Texas Parks and Wildlife, recently discovered a developing bloom of toxic algal species. Both groups have been monitoring the bloom abundance for the past two weeks along Corpus Christi Bay, Texas. Samples sent to the NCCOS Analytical Response Team were identified as Dinophysis ovum, the […]

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