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Common Brevetoxin Metabolite Found in Gulf of Mexico Oysters May Not be a Health Risk

Brevetoxin B2—an abundant shellfish metabolite of brevetoxin found in Gulf of Mexico oysters—does not readily pass through an intestinal barrier, rendering it unlikely to cause neurotoxic shellfish poisoning. The B2 metabolite is produced by oysters and many other animals by attaching the amino acid cysteine to the brevetoxin that is consumed by shellfish during blooms […]

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NCCOS Identifies Cause of Large Fish Kills in North Carolina Estuaries

In recent years, North Carolina estuaries have experienced large fish kills often associated with rains and moderate temperatures. Most of the dead fish have exhibited large, open skin ulcers. Scientists at NCCOS analyzed the ulcerated fish collected by the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NCDENR) and the Neuse Riverkeeper Foundation using molecular assays […]

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NCCOS Coordinates Development of New Korean Project on Harmful Algae

NCCOS staff chaired a two-day meeting in Busan, Republic of Korea (August 29–30, 2013) convened to finalize a new collaborative project on harmful algae. The project, one component of the larger Joint Project Agreement (JPA) between NOAA and the newly formed Korean Ministry of Oceans & Fisheries, will focus on issues related to the monitoring […]

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NCCOS Aids Pennsylvania Response to First CyanoHAB in Presque Isle Bay, Lake Erie

The NCCOS Harmful Algal Bloom Event Response Program is assisting the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) respond to and document the first cyanobacteria harmful algal bloom (cyanoHAB) in Presque Isle Bay, along the south shore of Lake Erie. Researchers sampled the small scale bloom near Presque Isle State Park in late July, and […]

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July Field Mission in St. Thomas USVI Marine Reserve

On July 20-25, scientists from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) will conduct a follow-up field mission to the St. Thomas East End Reserves (STEER). The work is part of a project requested by local resource managers to develop an integrated ecosystem assessment for the STEER.  Results from contaminants assessment to be published […]

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NCCOS Contaminant Data Informs New University of Miami Medical Program on Human Health

National Center for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) personnel participated in the first meeting of the Scientific Advisory Board of a new University of Miami School of Medicine research program exploring the effects of environmental exposure to (PCBs) on the human digestive system.  The new program, “Superfund Program in Interdisciplinary Research and Integrated Training (SPIRIT)“, relies […]

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NCCOS Researcher Featured in First EPA Webinar Series on Harmful Algae

On June 25, NCCOS’s Quay Dortch was a featured speaker at the first Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) summer webinar series on harmful algal blooms (HABs) and nutrient pollution, and their impacts on freshwater and marine ecosystems. Dr. Dortch provided attendees with an introduction to marine HABs, their toxins, causes, and their impacts. She was joined by […]

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Gordon Research Conference Highlights NCCOS Expertise in Harmful Algae Research

At the June 16-21, Mycotoxins & Phycotoxins Gordon Research Conference, NCCOS-sponsored researchers and agency scientists led sessions, gave presentations, and provided expert discussions on algal and cyanobacterial blooms and their toxins that adversely affect humans and wildlife. NCCOS’s Dr. Quay Dortch co-chaired a session entitled “Strategies and Regulation for Prevention and Control” that highlighted strategies and projects […]

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