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NCCOS Aids West Coast Partners Responding to Extensive Harmful Algal Bloom

The National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) is providing $88,000 in emergency funds to aid Washington State to respond to an unprecedented West Coast harmful algal bloom (HAB) event. The funding supports collection and analysis of samples for the toxic algal bloom species Pseudo-nitzschia and domoic acid – the neurotoxin it produces – from beaches and offshore of […]

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Expanding Harmful Algal Bloom Monitoring in Western Lake Erie

The NCCOS Phytoplankton Monitoring Network, established to monitor phytoplankton and harmful algal blooms (HABs), is partnering with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to expand into the Western Basin of Lake Erie.  Monitoring stations were selected with input from NOAA’s Ecological Forecasting Services to provide strategic sites to support the NCCOS Lake Erie Experimental Forecast. Recently, the […]

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Investigating Diamondback Terrapin Die-Offs in New York

From late April into May 2015 hundreds of diamondback terrapin turtles (Malaclemys terrapin)  began dying and washing up on beaches in the western part of Long Island, New York. Simultaneously an on-going Alexandrium fundyense bloom occurred. Alexandrium produces a potent neurotoxin, saxitoxin, which is the cause of paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP). The terrapin tissues were […]

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NCCOS Methods Transferred to Algal Toxin Testing Laboratory in Oman

NCCOS researcher Tod Leighfield trained three scientists with Oman’s Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries in standard sample preparation and toxin detection methods as part of an International Atomic Energy Agency–funded project to establish a harmful algal bloom testing laboratory in the Arabian Gulf region. The training included assistance with set up of the laboratory and instruction on […]

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New Partnerships in the Florida Keys Strengthen Early Warnings of Harmful Algal Blooms

A grant from the Ocean Reef Conservation Association (ORCA) to the Marine Resources Development Foundation enabled expansion of NOAA’s Phytoplankton Monitoring Network (PMN) monitoring sites in the Florida Keys. The Marine Resources Development Foundation has been an active volunteer group with PMN since 2012. With this ORCA grant and technical guidance from PMN, the Marine Resources […]

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Assessing Future Harmful Algal Bloom Risk for Washington State

In Puget Sound, the toxic alga Alexandrium catenella threatens the health of people who eat shellfish contaminated with toxins it produces. An NCCOS Ecology and Oceanography of Harmful Algal Blooms (ECOHAB) project, Puget Sound Alexandrium Harmful Algal Blooms, annually mapped “seedbeds” of Alexandrium resting stages (cysts) at about 100 locations on the bottom throughout Puget Sound. The project […]

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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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