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Harmful Algal Cyst Mapping in Washington Shows 10-fold Increase since 2013

An unprecedented bloom of the harmful alga Alexandrium occurred during Fall 2014 in Quilcene Bay, Hood Canal, Puget Sound, WA; the outbreak contaminated shellfish with potent biotoxins that can cause paralytic shellfish poisoning. The area of the bloom was historically biotoxin free, but at the peak of the event, the Washington State Department of Health detected toxin […]

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NCCOS Science Helps Advance Landmark Deep-sea Coral Protection Measure in Mid-Atlantic

Recent discoveries have revealed that the Mid-Atlantic Canyons host a wide array of beautiful, valuable and fragile gardens of habitat-forming deep-sea corals (DSC). On April 29-30, NCCOS scientist Brian Kinlan participated in a Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC) workshop to develop boundary alternatives to protect DSC from bottom-tending fishing gear in all major Mid-Atlantic canyons.  The purpose of this workshop […]

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NCCOS Prepares Toxin Sensor for Gulf of Maine Red Tide Forecasting

An NCCOS technical expert completed critical calibrations of the paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) toxin sensor for an Environmental Sample Processor (ESP) platform stationed at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s Laboratory for Ocean Sensors and Observing Systems (LOSOS). Beginning in early May, this ESP will perform autonomous, near real-time monitoring of toxins associated with cells of the red […]

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New Recruits Comprise most of Coral Area Found in 2014

A completed analysis from the 2014 expedition to Pulley Ridge based on remotely operated vehicle (ROV) observations revealed significant areas of new coral growth. The findings were compiled from a total of 24 ROV dives to characterize the mesophotic coral reef ecosystems off the southwest coast of Florida and the Tortugas, and determined over 56.5 percent […]

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Cooperative Oxford Laboratory Hosts Oxford Day Activities

On Saturday, April 25, NOAA’s Cooperative Oxford Laboratory (COL), the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, and the U.S. Coast Guard Station Oxford held an open house in conjunction with the Town of Oxford’s 21st Annual Oxford Day celebration. After a parade through the town of Oxford, spectators dispersed to take in sights and activities planned for the […]

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NCCOS Leads Efforts to Prioritize Cyanobacterial Harmful Algal Bloom Research

In 2014 access to drinking water in Toledo, Ohio was shut down due to cyanobacterial harmful algal bloom (HAB) toxins from Lake Erie. The National Science Foundation and NOAA responded with a workshop,“Global Solutions to Regional Problems: Collecting Global Expertise to Address the Problem of Harmful Algal Blooms,” at Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH, April 13-14, […]

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Technology Transfer of Toxin Detection Methods to South Korean Researchers

Two researchers from the Korea Institute of Ocean Science & Technology (KIOST) visited the NCCOS Center for Coastal Environmental Health and Biomolecular Research (CCEHBR) laboratory in Charleston, SC for two weeks of intensive training on the use of mass spectrometry to detect several algal toxin classes, including domoic acid (DA), paralytic shellfish toxins (PSTs), and […]

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