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University of the Virgin Islands Ciguatera Researcher wins NOAA Grant

Published on: 10/16/2012

Dr. Tyler Smith, a scientist with the University of the Virgin Islands Center for Marine and Environmental Studies in St. Thomas, was recently awarded a NOAAgrant to study tounderstand factors influencing the occurrence ofciguatera fish poisoning and develop methods to predict outbreaks. Dr. Smithis partnering with colleagues from around the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico and Florida on the study called CiguaHAB to better understand and minimize the impacts ciguatera fish poisoning, an illness that affects tens of thousands of people each year.

The grant is awarded and administered by the NCCOS Ecology and Oceanography of Harmful Algal Blooms (ECOHAB) Program.

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