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NCCOS Transfers Toxin Detection Method to Maine Start-Up Company to Provide Testing of Paralytic Shellfish Toxins

Scientists from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) provided training on the NCCOS-developed receptor binding assay (RBA) for paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) toxins to visiting scientist Darcie Couture, Lead Scientist from Resource Access International, LLC (RAI LLC) in Brunswick, Maine. The RBA for PSP toxins is a rapid, cost-effective test that measures algal […]

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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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Florida Monitors Massive Red Tide with NOAA’s Help

An extensive Karenia brevis algae bloom off of the Florida coast prompted NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science to provide the state funding to pay for offshore monitoring of the bloom’s development, movement, and toxicity. This can help the state more accurately predict its magnitude and movement of the bloom as well as its impacts. The bloom started in […]

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Red tide kills fish along South Sarasota County, Charlotte County beaches | HeraldTribune.com

The largest red tide bloom to affect Southwest Florida in years stretches nearly 100 miles from Lee County to Pinellas, with reports of fish kills and irritating red-tide air concentrated in Sarasota County. The widespread nature and intensity of the bloom, strongest off Charlotte Harbor, exceeds a smaller outbreak at this time last year and […]

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California HAB Project Well-Timed to Study Impacts of Sewage Ocean Outfall Diversion

Beginning in mid-September, the California Orange County Sanitation District (OCSD) will temporarily divert wastewater effluent from the main discharge pipe located 5 miles offshore (60m depth) of Los Angeles to a shorter pipe 1 mile offshore (17m depth) in order to evaluate the main pipe for maintenance. The diversion will last between 3–8 weeks. An […]

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Transfer of Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning Toxin Assays to Alaska

In June 2010, five Alaskans exhibited signs of paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) linked to eating shellfish tainted with the algal toxin, saxitoxin. Two of these people died soon after onset of PSP symptoms, and the state confirmed PSP as the cause of at least one of these fatalities. Alaska has vast shellfish resources yet currently conducts no […]

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CSCOR Award Helps New York Ensure Continued Seafood Safety

In late April 2010, the Center for Sponsored Coastal Ocean Research (CSCOR) Harmful Algal Bloom Event Response program provided funds to the New York State Division of Fish, Wildlife, and Marine Resources, allowing the state to continue monitoring paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) toxin levels in Long Island Sound molluscan shellfish. State officials were concerned about […]

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Event Response Award Restores Monitoring Instrument Critical to Texas State Response to toxic Dinophysis event

By the end of April 2010, a harmful bloom of Dinophysis ovum and Dinophysis caudata had produced high levels of the toxin okadaic acid in Texas shellfish, forcing the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to close the oyster harvest and the majority of state coastal waters to any shellfish harvesting. The bloom was […]

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