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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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Gulf of Mexico Alliance Produces Guide for Monitoring Harmful Algal Toxins

To improve the efficacy and consistency of toxin assessments and response, the Gulf of Mexico Alliance (GOMA) produced a guide for Gulf state managers on harmful algal bloom toxin monitoring protocols. GOMA collaborated with federal, state, academic, and NGO partners to advance Gulf ecosystem management through a coordinated, consensus-based approach. The National Centers for Coastal […]

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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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NCCOS Scientist to Advise Shellfish Sanitation Experts on Harmful Algae Lab Methods

The National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science’s (NCCOS) Dr. Quay Dortch will join the Interstate Shellfish Sanitation Conference (ISSC) as an expert advisor. Dr. Dortch’s advice and expertise will contribute to one of the most technical and specialized areas of shellfish sanitation, that of laboratory methods for detecting and testing harmful algal toxins and their syndromes. […]

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NCCOS and Partners Field Test New Tools for Harmful Algal Bloom Monitoring

A new harmful algal bloom field test was used on a live bloom for the first time allowing for near-real-time, ship-board characterization of a bloom patch during a research cruise onboard the R/V Bellows.  Scientists with the National Centers of Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) joined researchers from Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Fish and Wildlife […]

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NCCOS Provides Florida Agency Specialized Training in Harmful Algal Bloom Monitoring

Earlier this month, NCCOS researchers provided a visiting scientist from Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Red Tide Monitoring Program training on the use of physiological biomarkers for harmful algal bloom monitoring. Coastal blooms of the microscopic alga Karenia brevis, also known as red tides, occur nearly annually in the Gulf of Mexico and […]

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Red Tide Toxin Metabolite Accumulates in Organs, May Pose Greater Risk to Shellfish Consumers

In 2012, the state of Texas experienced the longest red tide on record, leading to a collapse of its oyster industry. Red tides in the Gulf of Mexico affect humans, wildlife, fisheries, and the regional tourist-related economy. They are caused by the harmful algae Karenia brevis, which release a neurotoxin called brevetoxin that accumulates in exposed shellfish and […]

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New Online Community Created to Improve National HAB Response

NCCOS and the U.S. National Office for HABs established a new listserv to address diarrhetic shellfish poisoning. This emerging harmful algal bloom (HAB) issue has caused shellfish harvesting closures in Washington and Texas, human illness in Washington, and threatens other states. The online community of researchers; national, state, local, and tribal officials and public health […]

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