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Robotic Environmental Sample Processor Conserves Samples for HAB Species Identification

Sponsored researchers with the NCCOS ECOHAB project looking at regional harmful algal bloom “hotspots” off coastal California are testing the feasibility of using a robotic water quality and toxin detection device, the Environmental Sample Processor or ESP, to collect the glass cells (silicon frustules) of the diatom Pseudo-nitzschia for species identification and assessing geographic distribution. Certain species […]

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California Ocean Protection Council Briefed on Harmful Algal Bloom Impacts

At a recent meeting of the California Ocean Protection Council (OPC), a panel of researchers and managers briefed the council on the Summer 2015 West Coast harmful algal bloom (HAB) event and other troubling changing ocean conditions. The presentation highlighted the value of past and current NCCOS competitive HAB programs. These program investments in modeling, monitoring, observing and […]

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Research Gaps Identified to Improve Future Harmful Algal Bloom Forecasts

After a 2013 workshop at the University of Washington’s Friday Harbor Laboratories, NCCOS-sponsored researchers published a study in Harmful Algae addressing the current knowledge of climate change and how it could impact environmental conditions that favor harmful algal bloom (HAB) formation. The workshop gathered a diverse group of HAB researchers who summarized the state of knowledge and information gaps of the potential […]

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NCCOS Research Transitions GrouperChek to Commercialization

Is this really grouper that I am eating? In order to answer this question, NCCOS sponsored scientists at the University of South Florida (USF) developed and patented a quick identification device for commercially important grouper species. A technological offshoot from a portable red tide detection sensor, the apparatus checks for mislabeled “grouper” fish sold at restaurants […]

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U.S. Harmful Algae Symposium Highlights Latest NCCOS Research

NCCOS co-sponsored the Eighth Symposium on Harmful Algae in the United States, held this past November in Long Beach, California. The biennial event provides a forum for scientific exchange and technical communication on all aspects of harmful algal bloom (HAB) research in the U.S. NCCOS scientists, managers, and sponsored researchers led sessions on: bloom prediction, forecasting, […]

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Study Supports EPA to Control Both Nitrogen and Phosphorus in Freshwaters

One of the most common bloom-forming cyanobacteria (blue green algae) in freshwater ecosystems is Microcystis, which produces the liver toxin microcystin. Like many cyanobacteria, blooms of Microcystis are associated with higher temperatures and the availability of nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P). Many freshwater ecosystems are P-limited, meaning P plays the key role in the occurrence of most cyanobacteria blooms, […]

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National Coastal Ocean and Estuary Conference Provides Platform for NCCOS Research

The 23rd biennial Coasatal and Estuarine Research Federation Conference (CERF), held in Portland, Oregon this November, highlighted the scope of research sponsored by NCCOS including harmful algae and their toxins and ocean acidification and hypoxia (low dissolved oxygen) interactions. NCCOS exclusively hosted a major session and co-hosted a second major session with the NOAA Office of Oceanic […]

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West Coast Harmful Algal Bloom Draws Attention of Congress

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 unusually long-lasting bloom is the largest bloom in the past 15 years. Record-setting concentrations of domoic acid, the neurotoxin produced by the bloom, have shut […]

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