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Cross-Regional Comparison of Dinophysis Bloom Dyna...

Harmful algal blooms of Dinophysis have recently emerged as a human health threat in the U.S., resulting in closures of shellfish harvesting to prevent Diarrhetic Shellfish Poisoning. We are working ...
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Ecophysiology and Toxicity of the Toxic Alga Heter...

We are identifying toxins and environmental factors causing fish-killing blooms by the alga Heterosigma akashiwo in Puget Sound. We develop tools to improve monitoring, early warning, and mitigation to prevent ...
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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 ...
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Multidisciplinary Approach to a Cross-Regional Pro...

Diarrhetic shellfish poisoning (DSP) has emerged as a significant and expanding seafood safety threat in coastal regions across the United States. The harmful algal species Dinophysis produces toxins known to ...
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Strengthening Early Warning and Forecasts of Domoi...

In the Pacific Northwest (PNW), blooms of Pseudo-nitzschia that produce domoic acid (DA) are a significant human health threat and extremely costly to coastal communities. This project improves early warnings ...
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NOAA Algal Toxin Study Supports U.S. Effort to Res...

A collaborative, NOAA-funded study may help resume shellfish trade between the United States and the European Union (E.U.) by answering questions about the prevalence and toxicity of lipophilic (fat-soluble) toxins ...
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New Eco-Forecast Systems to Aid Pacific Northwest ...

Harmful algal blooms (HABs) along the coasts of Washington and Oregon cause millions of dollars in economic losses due to HAB-toxin contaminated shellfish. On October 3, the office of Washington ...
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NOAA Funds Harmful Algal Bloom Forecast System Dev...

Razor clams are an economically important shellfish harvest off the coasts of Oregon and Washington. Closures due to Pseudo-nitzschia exposure in 2015 led to $22.7 million in losses. Credit: Washington ...
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2016 Ocean Sciences Meeting Showcases NCCOS Resear...

The 2016 Ocean Sciences Meeting this past winter featured the research of NCCOS scientists and sponsored principal investigators. Topics included ocean acidification, hypoxia, blue carbon, and harmful algal blooms. NCCOS ...
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California Ocean Protection Council Briefed on Har...

At a recentmeeting of the California Ocean Protection Council (OPC), a panel of researchers and managers briefedthe council on the Summer 2015West Coast harmful algal bloom (HAB) event and other ...
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West Coast Harmful Algal Bloom Draws Attention of ...

An ongoing toxic algal bloom off the U.S. West Coast was first detected in California in May 2015 and soon stretched to Alaska. Formed by the harmful algae Psuedo-nitzschia, this ...
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Puget Sound Water Quality Review Highlights NCCOS ...

The Puget Sound Ecosystem Monitoring Program released the 4th annual report on marine water conditions in Puget Sound for 2014 on September 9, 2015. The report, ' Puget Sound Marine ...
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West Coast Harmful Algal Bloom Explained

An unprecedented West Coast harmful algal bloom (HAB) continues, hurting Pacific Coast marine wildlife and causing economic losses to commercial shell fishers from Alaska to California. NCCOS sponsored scientists are ...
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NCCOS Considers Implications of Harmful Algal Bloo...

NCCOS Program Manager David Kidwell wasthe invited speaker at the North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES) October 2014 Annual Meeting special workshop session on novel approaches to mitigate HABs. Kidwell's ...
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Puget Sound Stakeholders See Value in HAB Forecast...

At a June 26 meeting, NCCOS-funded ECOHAB project investigators concluded that climate change could increase the window of opportunity for blooms of the toxic dinoflagellate,Alexandrium catenella to occur. In light ...
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