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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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NCCOS helps Pennsylvania Prepare for Lake Erie Blooms

When Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett learned of the large toxic cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) bloom that disrupted the drinking water supply for hundreds of thousands of Ohio’s citizens, he expressed confidence his state was proactively planning to mitigate any potential human health impacts from toxic cyanobacteria blooms. This confidence grew from the state Department of Environmental Protection […]

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NCCOS and “Phytofinders” Identify and Respond to Red Tide Event in North Carolina

Students from First Flight High School participating as “Phytofinders” for the NCCOS Phytoplankton Monitoring Network (PMN) identified the non-toxic, single-celled organism Mesodinium rubrum as the cause of a red tide bloom near Bodie and Pea Island, North Carolina. The bloom was first reported on October 27, 2014 to NOAA though the NCCOS Center for Sponsored Coastal Ocean Research (CSCOR) harmful […]

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Additional Toxin Data Helped Ohio Deliver Safe Drinking Water After August Cyanobacteria Bloom

Persistent concerns about toxins in Toledo, Ohio’s drinking water following August’s large, cyanobacteria bloom in Lake Erie prompted a follow-up investigation supported by NCCOS. At the time, the bloom led the City of Toledo to issue a two-day, drinking water ban for 400,000 people in Toledo and surrounding areas after drinking water samples showed high […]

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Glider Begins Second Deployment to Monitor Threatening Florida Red Tide

A red tide of Karenia brevis in the Gulf of Mexico continues its slow advance toward Florida’s southwest coast. NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) rapid response emergency funding is supporting a second deployment of underwater robotic gliders to track subsurface movement of the red tide. Since mid-July, a large red tide has lingered […]

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NCCOS Improves Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning Toxin Testing for FDA

Scientists from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) provided training in Charleston, South Carolina, August 26-28, 2014 on the NCCOS-developed receptor binding assay for paralytic shellfish poisoning toxins to visiting scientists from the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Northeast Regional Laboratory, which plans to implement the assay for regulatory testing of shellfish imports. Paralytic shellfish […]

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NOAA and Partners Monitor Large Red Tide in Gulf of Mexico off Southwest Florida

A large harmful algal bloom (HAB) of the Florida red tide organism Karenia brevis remains offshore of Florida’s southwest coastal counties, causing growing concern among Florida wildlife managers and public health officials. Depending on the winds and currents, the HAB could possibly reach some of Florida’s most popular tourist beaches within a week. The bloom caused an on-going […]

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