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Prevention, Control, and Mitigation (PCMHAB)

We fund projects that identify and evaluate a range of methods, like spraying clay shown here, to eliminate or control blooms of harmful algae in ways that are safe for the environment.

After more than 10 years of research, HAB programs like ECOHAB and MERHAB have produced methods and strategies to improve HAB management and response. The PCMHAB program funds research to move promising HAB technologies from development, to demonstration, and finally application, culminating in wide spread use.

We also fund socioeconomic research, assessing societal impacts of HAB events at local scales, impact of HAB events on coastal economies, and the costs and benefits of mitigation strategies to aid managers in devising cost-effective management strategies.

Benefits to the public include healthier fisheries and ecosystems, fewer impacts of blooms on humans and the environment, and reductions in nuisance or harmful algae. PCMHAB is authorized as a national competitive research program within NOAA under HABHRCA.

Field projects to develop methods of controlling HABs must comply with guidelines developed through the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). A Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA) lays out the types of field research and demonstration projects that can be conducted through the PCMHAB program for the next five years. The PEA also describes limitations, monitoring, and requirements associated with field demonstration.

Funding announcements for PCMHAB, as well as NCCOS's other national competitive HAB programs (ECOHAB and MERHAB), are issued on a rotating regional basis.