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Characterization of Toxin Synthesis Pathways in To...

During the past 25 years, the abundance, range, and variety of harmful algal blooms (HABs) and their toxins have been increasing, impacting human and marine animal health through consumption of ...

Developing Biomarkers for Bloom Growth and Death i...

The microscopic alga Karenia brevis causes harmful algal blooms (red tides) in the Gulf of Mexico. By studying the processes regulating the life cycle of K. brevis, we developed biomarkers ...

Expanding the Southeast Alaska Tribal Ocean Resear...

This project expands existing harmful algal bloom (HAB) monitoring conducted by the Sitka Tribe of Alaska Environmental Research Laboratory (STAERL) to include testing shellfish for domoic acid and diarrhetic shellfish ...

Genomics of HAB Dinoflagellates: Identification of...

We are working to identify key genes and processes encoded in the dinoflagellate genome that are responsible for regulating the growth, maintenance, and termination of toxic dinoflagellate blooms. Analogous to ...

Validating the Technique for Identifying Paralytic...

Paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) is a world-wide, sometimes fatal seafood poisoning caused by potent algal neurotoxins that accumulate in shellfish. Most nations have certified shellfish PSP testing programs required for ...

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Empowering Alaskan Communities to Monitor for Harm...

Shellfish are a culturally important marine resource throughout coastal Alaska, and many communities harvest them for subsistence. However, with the threat of harmful algal bloom (HAB) toxins that can accumulate ...

Harmful Algal Bloom Workshop Focuses on Alaskan Co...

Attendees at the 2023 Alaska HAB Workshop. Climatic changes in Arctic Alaska are resulting in more harmful algal blooms (HABs) for the region, signaling a potential growing threat to human ...

Workshop Empowers Southcentral Tribal Communities ...

NCCOS, Ocean and Earth Environmental Services, and the Chugach Regional Resources Commission (CRRC) have initiated their Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with a two day training workshop at the ...

Virtual Workshop Empowers Arctic Tribal Communitie...

NCCOS scientists, in collaboration with Ocean and Earth Environmental Services, conducted a virtual workshop in January to introduce members of the Norton Sound Health Corporation (NSHC) to methods and techniques ...

NCCOS Supports Inception of Harmful Algal Bloom Mo...

Clams are gathered for testing in Southeast Alaska. Photo Credit: Bethany Goodrich, Southeast Sustainable Partnership Alaska Natives rely on a variety of marine resources, including shellfish, as part of their ...

NCCOS Hosts Ecotoxicology Conference in South Caro...

Last month, NCCOS hosted the 28th Annual Carolinas Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) Meeting in Charleston, South Carolina. NCCOS's Tod Leighfield and Steve Morton helped kick off the ...

NCCOS Trains, Supports South Carolina Harmful Alga...

Last week, NCCOS scientists trained fellow scientists from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) to use the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) to detect microcystins, toxins produced ...

Native Alaskans Trained in Potentially Life-saving...

STAERL staff instruct workshop participants on proper shellfish processing techniques for saxitoxin analysis. Credit: NOAA Recent analyses conducted by the Sitka Tribe of Alaska Environmental Research Laboratory (STAERL) identified lethal ...

Southeast Alaska Tribes Trained in Minimizing Risk...

NCCOS scientists instructed environmental personnel from the southeast Alaska tribes in toxic phytoplankton sampling and identification techniques during the Fourth Workshop of the Southeast Alaska Tribal Toxins (SEATT) Partnership in ...

Workshop Supports HAB Toxin Detection Technologies...

Toxins produced by harmful algal blooms (HABs) accumulate in marine resources and are a major cause of human seafood poisoning around the world, which impedes economic development and international trade ...

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