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Trophic Transfer and Effects of HAB Toxins in Alas...

This project aims to determine harmful algal bloom species composition and cell densities in Alaskan waters, and to model toxin transfer pathways to zooplankton, shellfish, finfish, and marine mammals, and ...
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Understanding Coral Ecosystem Connectivity in the ...

We are investigating population connectivity for key coral, sponge, and fish species between shallow and mesophotic reefs of the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary and its proposed expansion areas ...
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United States Harmful Algal Bloom Control Technolo...

The development of scale appropriate technologies that can be used to control the growth and spread of harmful algal blooms (HAB) has lagged the advances in understanding the factors that ...
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Using Data on Reef Fish Foraging in Seagrass Beds ...

No-take marine reserves are critical tools for protecting reef fishes and should include all habitats the fishes use. However, we have little information about reef fish foraging in seagrass beds ...
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Using Microcystin-degrading Bacteria and their Enz...

We will assess the potential that algal toxin–degrading bacteria have to degrade toxins from water treatment facilities. Why We Care Harmful algal blooms (HABs) occur in eutrophic waters across the ...
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Validation of a Triplex Test for Saxitoxin, Domoic...

We will evaluate an assay that simultaneously detects paralytic shellfish poisoning, amnesic shellfish poisoning, and diarrhetic shellfish poisoning toxins in mussels.  Why We Care Shellfish aquaculture is a large and ...
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Value of the Pacific Northwest Harmful Algal Bloom...

We will estimate the economic benefits of the Pacific Northwest Harmful Algal Bloom Bulletin, using a methodology that quantifies the value of information. Why We Care The razor clam and ...
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Value of the SoundToxins Partnership: An Early War...

We will estimate the net economic benefits of the harmful algal bloom early warnings provided by SoundToxins and evaluate net economic benefits to recreational shellfish harvesters. Why We Care A ...
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Fishing for Hypoxia

A recovered crab pot with a dissolved oxygen sensor. Photo Credit: Pat Kemmish, F/V Richard H. A newly published article in Sea Technology highlights the power of collaborative research between ...
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Predicting the Socioeconomic Impacts of Shoreline ...

The tradeoffs between protection of private property and management of the public commons along coastlines are a source of increasing conflict given the threats posed by erosion and sea-level rise ...
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Hypoxia in Tropical Marine Ecosystems, the Underst...

A recent review article by NCCOS-supported researchers assessing the state of knowledge of hypoxia (low oxygen) in tropical ecosystems finds little information in comparison to what is known about hypoxia ...
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New Tools Address Threats to Anchialine Pools in H...

Anchialine pools in Hawaii are culturally important brackish ecosystems with an underground connection to the ocean and are threatened by sea level rise. An NCCOS-sponsored study developed methods to assess ...
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New Methodology Combines Observations from Differe...

High quality satellite imagery is available for use at no cost, offering scientists an inexpensive opportunity to monitor changes to coastal wetlands throughout the year. However, cloud cover can prevent ...
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Impacts of Hypoxia on Marine Life Neglected, Thoug...

Map shows coastal sites where anthropogenic nutrients have exacerbated or caused oxygen declines to <2 mg/L (red dots), as well as ocean oxygen-minimum zones at 300 meters of depth (blue ...
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Algal Cyst Sampling in Alaska Advances Multi-Regio...

Sediment collection in Chiniak Bay, near Kodiak Alaska. Credit: Julie Matweyou, Alaska Sea Grant NCCOS funded partners recently completed field work in Kodiak Alaska to continue advancing a coordinated, multi-region ...
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Toxic Alga Dinophysis an Emerging Threat to Human ...

Mesodinium rubrum (left cell) captured by Dinophysis cf. ovum. Modified from Mafra Jr. et al. 2016. The toxic dinoflagellate alga Dinophysis threatens human health and coastal economies through the production ...
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New Method Provides for Fast and Accurate Determin...

Washington state shellfish validated for LC-MS/MS method. Left to right: California and blue mussels, native littleneck clam, Manila littleneck clam, and Pacific oyster. Photo Credit: Washington State Department of Health ...
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