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NOAA Partners with Native Alaskans to Assess Seafood Safety

The National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) issued a report on the health of two species of salmon and shellfish commonly used for subsistence by three Native Alaskan tribes. The “Assessment of contaminant body burdens and histopathology of fish and shellfish species frequently used for subsistence food by Alaska Native communities”  was requested by several Native Alaskan tribes […]

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NCCOS Issues First 2013 Weekly Harmful Algal Bloom Forecast for Great Lakes

On June 5, the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) kicked off the 2013 Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) forecasting season with its first weekly forecast for Lake Erie.  Running from June to October, these forecasts generate bulletins which are sent to and used by local, regional, state and federal managers overseeing beach closures, increased drinking […]

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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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2013 New England Seasonal ‘Red Tide’ Forecast: Moderate

Coastal areas around New England should prepare for a “moderate” red tide this spring and summer, according to scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. This seasonal forecast is based on samples of algal cysts taken from the ocean floor last year as indicators of this year’s bloom severity. For the first time, the team also used […]

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Algae’s hunger ramps up red tide toxins | HeraldTribune.com

The mysterious red tide toxin that has killed a record number of manatees and brought countless dead fish to Southwest Florida beaches over the past few months could finally have an explanation: The algae that produce the toxin are hungry. A significant new study of the algae, Karenia Brevis (sic), suggests that the organisms release […]

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Recreational Water Pathogen Detection Workshops Build Skills for State Labs

The North Carolina Biotechnology Center funded NOAA and academic researchers to develop a training facility for public health officials and resource managers in advanced molecular methods to detect pathogens and harmful algae species more quickly and effectively. The first workshop, held March 11 – 15, 2013,  covered quantitative polymerase chain reaction techniques to detect Enterococcus, the […]

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NOAA Test Method to be Demonstrated to International Shellfish Authorities

A NOAA method to test for paralytic shellfish toxins will be demonstrated to scientists, regulators, policymakers, and industry representatives in Sydney, Australia from March 18-22. The technique, which was recently accepted as an Official Method of Analysis by the Association of Official Analytical Chemists, is a candidate for replacing the current approach for regulatory testing […]

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