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Risk of Toxic Shellfish on West Coast Increases with Water Temperature

High levels of domoic acid, a shellfish toxin, are correlated with warmer ocean temperatures offshore of Oregon and Washington. An NCCOS-supported research team led by scientists from Oregon State University, the University of Oregon, and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife found an association between domoic acid levels in shellfish and climate-scale warm ocean […]

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Stakeholders Meet to Develop Harmful Algal Bloom Action Plan for Alaska

Alaska Sea Grant and the Alaska Ocean Observing System recently cosponsored a two-day workshop to develop an action plan for harmful algal bloom (HAB) monitoring, event response, outreach, and research in Alaska. NCCOS staff opened the workshop by providing a national perspective on HABs that set the stage for discussions of existing activities and identified […]

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Establishing Sustainable and Cooperative Dead Zone Monitoring in the Gulf of Mexico

Scientists, managers, and agency personnel from 26 stakeholder agencies and institutions met to establish a sustainable multi-partner hypoxia monitoring program in the northern Gulf of Mexico at the NCCOS sponsored 6th Annual NOAA/Northern Gulf Institute Hypoxia Research Coordination Workshop. The 2012 Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia Monitoring Implementation Plan and subsequent workshops provided a foundation to move […]

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Meeting Challenges in Estuarine and Coastal Ecosystem Science

Along with individual stressor-based research projects, NCCOS undertakes a broader ecosystem approach using larger, multidisciplinary research projects. A recent essay authored in part by NCCOS sponsored scientists gives perspectives on challenges and paths for advancing estuarine science; NCCOS research strives to meet these challenges. Five major research challenges were identified: (1) Maintaining and improving spatially distributed time-series datasets; […]

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Environmental Variables Influence Toxic Ciguatera Algae Growth and Distribution

A new study describes optimal growth conditions for several species and strains of the benthic marine dinoflagellate Gambierdiscus and highlights how these species and strains respond differently to varying levels of salinity, light, and temperature. These environmental factors, along with suitable seafloor habitat, predict the geographic distribution of Gambierdiscus. Gambierdiscus is a genus of tropical and subtropical […]

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Gulf of Maine Red Tide Monitoring Season Begins for NOS

Harmful algal bloom monitoring is underway in the Gulf of Maine, with near real-time early warning of potential toxic blooms being provided by three Environmental Sample Processors (ESPs). The ESPs operate like laboratories in a can, sampling cells and toxins produced by Alexandrium fundyense, the red tide alga. Data from the ESPs are used by […]

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NCCOS Leads on New Action Strategy for Addressing HABs, Hypoxia

NCCOS and NOAA staff, in coordination with 12 other federal agencies, rolled out a strategy to increase collaboration in research and improve communications of the risks of harmful algal blooms (HABs) and hypoxia, twin threats to our nation’s waters. The group is co-led by Mary Erickson, director of NCCOS. Caitlin Gould, NCCOS, is the coordinator […]

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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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