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Ciguatera Fish Poisoning: Identifying Toxic Specie...

Ciguatera fish poisoning (CFP) is the most common, non-bacterial, seafood illness. The condition is caused by toxins from the microalga Gambierdiscus, and can lead to diarrhea, paralysis, and, in worst ...
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Modeling Factors that Contribute to Harmful Algal ...

Harmful algal blooms that disrupt and degrade coastal aquatic ecosystems are occurring with greater frequency. We developed a model that shows these events are not only the result of nutrient ...
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Modeling Ocean Acidification in the Coastal Zone

Adding carbon dioxide (CO2) to seawater raises the acidity of seawater, which can adversely affect marine life and fisheries. Coastal waters receive both atmospheric CO2 and CO2 from water pollution, ...
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Determining Ciguatera Risk in Invasive Lionfish

The lionfish is invasive to the Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean. Credit: NOAA Scientists are investigating the prevalence of ciguatera toxins in invasive lionfish in response to interest in ...
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Ocean Warming Expands Range of Harmful Algal Bloom...

A recent study led by NCCOS and Stony Brook University concludes that rising ocean temperatures are expanding the geographical range of harmful algal blooms and intensifying the blooms themselves in ...
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HAB Study Confirms Alexandrium in Alaska, Develops...

In an effort to provide forecasting and detection products that empower communities to take action on HAB issues,a new publication in Phycologia documents the presence of Alexandrium fundyense and A. ostenfeldii in Alaska and ...
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Ciguatoxin Detection Technology Transfer With Fren...

Researchers from the Institut Louis Malardè (ILM) in French Polynesia visited the NCCOS Center for Coastal Fisheries and Habitat Research (CCFHR) to gain expertise on working with Harmful Algal Bloom ...
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Technology Transfer Between NOAA and France Improv...

A PhD candidate from the French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea (IFREMER), Francesco Pisapia, is visiting the NCCOS Center for Coastal Fisheries and Habitat Research (CCFHR) for eleven ...
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Association of Marine Lab Conference Features Cari...

To raise awareness about a resurgence of Ciguatera Fish Poisoning (CFP) in the Caribbean and the current state of ciguatera research, NOAA's National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) led ...
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Improving Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning Response i...

Harmful algal blooms, particularly those that cause paralytic shellfish poisoning, pose a threat to human health, food security, and the economy of local communities in Alaska. There is a need ...
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Working with State to Document First Occurrence of...

Light micrograph of K. mikimotoi taken from a bloom sample. Starting in late Sept. 2013, a bloom of the phytoplankton Karenia mikimotoi began, progressed, and ultimately covered most of Kachemak ...
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Recreational Water Pathogen Detection Workshops Bu...

The North Carolina Biotechnology Center funded NOAA and academic researchers to develop a training facility for public health officials and resource managers in advanced molecular methods to detect pathogens and ...
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International Harmful Algae Conference Brings Toge...

The Republic of Korea hosted the 15thInternational Conference on Harmful Algae (ICHA), October 29 - November 2, 2012. The meeting featured the latest scientific research by the international harmful algal ...
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Harmful Algal Bloom Forecasting Branch Ocean Color Satellite Imagery Processing Guidelines

The Harmful Algal Bloom - Forecasting Branch (HAB-FB) is a research group within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) tasked with forecasting and monitoring HABs. One of the more effective ways to ...
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Ocean warming since 1982 has expanded the niche of toxic algal blooms in the North Atlantic and North Pacific oceans

Global ocean temperatures are rising, yet the impacts of such changes on harmful algal blooms (HABs) are not fully understood. Here we used high-resolution sea-surface temperature records (1982 to 2016) and temperature-dependent growth rates of two algae that produce potent ...
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