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NCCOS Scientists Collaborate with GLERL and University Researchers for Improved HAB Forecasting.

From June 4 – 6, Researchers from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) met with Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab (GLERL) and regional university scientists from Heidelberg University, University of Toledo, Ohio State University, and the University of Michigan at the International Great Lakes Conference in Lafayette, IN.  Participants developed new collaborative efforts […]

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Orange Tides in Alaska?

For the sixth summer in a row an orange discoloration has appeared in Alaskan coastal waters.  NCCOS scientists provided “coastal intelligence” to officials that these “orange tides” differ; Some result from water borne harmful algal cells, others by air-driven terrestrial fungal spores. In 2008, NCCOS scientists determined an orange tide in Ketchican came from a […]

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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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Spring into NCCOS Science Dive Training in Alaska!

The National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) Kasitsna Bay Laboratory near Seldovia, Alaska hosted 18 science divers during its spring 2013 class run in partnership with University of Alaska Fairbanks.  Near-freezing water temperatures and fresh snow – normal spring conditions in south-central Alaska – provided the divers with great training in cold-water and dry […]

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NCCOS’ Nutrient Modeling Work in Long Island Sound May Be Adapted to Chesapeake Bay Management

At two recent meetings in Annapolis ( Shellfish Aquaculture Conference April 8 and Chesapeake Bay Program April 9-10, 2013), NCCOS’ researchers gave presentations on work within Long Island Sound and Great Bay Piscataqua Estuaries, with a description of the Farm Aquaculture Resource Management (FARM; www.farmscale.org) model which helps to assess shellfish aquaculture’s removal of particles and […]

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Mercury Levels in the Gulf of Mexico Quantified in NOAA Report

On August 29, researchers at the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) published an analysis of NOAA Mussel Watch Program contaminant monitoring data for mercury and methylmercury levels and distributions around the Gulf of Mexico. Data gathered from oyster and sediment samples from Texas to Florida revealed relatively elevated mercury concentrations (hotspots) in the […]

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NOAA Helps Improve Alaskan Biotoxin Testing Program

A series of workshops were held April 25-27, 2012 in Sitka, Alaska to inform shellfish growers, high school teachers and representatives of the Sitka Tribe for the purpose of  expanding the existing Alaska Harmful Algal Bloom Partnership.  The partnership is a collaborative project with the NOAA Phytoplankton Monitoring Network (PMN), NMFS Northwest Fisheries Science Center, […]

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Workshop Expands Greater Proactive Response to HAB Events in Alaska

Historically, Kodiak Island has not routinely monitored for HABs but has the greatest number of paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) cases in the United States. PSP is caused by the algae Alexandrium and is potentially fatal to humans. The NCCOS Phytoplankton Monitoring Network (PMN) partnered with the Kodiak Island Borough School District, Kodiak Island remote community […]

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