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New Funding to Protect Chesapeake Bay Oyster Aquaculture from Harmful Algal Blooms

Last week, NCCOS approved funding for the Virginia Institute of Marine Science and a Virginia commercial oyster grower to examine the impacts of harmful algal blooms on oyster aquaculture during active blooms of the toxic dinoflagellate algae Cochlodinium polykrikoides and Alexandrium monilatum. In late July 2016, a bloom of the two harmful algal species expanded, intensified, and […]

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NCCOS Briefs Environmental Legislators on Harmful Algal Blooms

Earlier this month, Dr. Quay Dortch (manager of the NCCOS Ecology and Oceanography of Harmful Algal Blooms Program) addressed the Oceans and Coast sub-group of the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators (NCEL). At the Chicago meeting of the sub-group, Dortch described the causes and impacts of harmful algal blooms, federal and state responses, and recommended incorporating […]

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Improving Detection of Blue-green Algal Threats in Florida Through Remote Sensing

NCCOS scientists collected samples to provide field calibration data for MODIS satellite imagery products.  NCCOS provides these products to the South Florida Water Management District, which uses the imagery to track harmful algal blooms, including the Lake Okeechobee cyanobacterial bloom.  Samples were taken from Lake Okeechobee and in several locations of the St. Lucie River, […]

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NCCOS Provides Support to Florida’s Martin County for Assessing Blue-green Algal Toxin Threat

NCCOS, through its HAB Event Response program, in response to a request from the Martin County Board of County Commissioners, has provided funds and identified experts to track the recent bloom in Lake Okeechobee that began in May and has expanded to the largest  cyanobacterial bloom in the state in at least 10 years.   […]

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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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Producing a new Reference Material for Paralytic Shellfish Toxin Monitoring

Saxitoxins, produced by species of harmful algal blooms (HABs), cause paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) when contaminated seafood is consumed. For nearly 50 years the U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has provided a saxitoxin dihydrochloride standard to state shellfish laboratories and others who monitor seafood safety, and has distributed it as a National Institutes of Standards […]

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Assessing Emerging Algal Toxin Threat in Washington State Waters

In early June 2016, NOAA and Washington State partners begin a four-month long effort to monitor shellfish and water every week at six locations around Puget Sound and on the Pacific coast. The team plans to measure concentrations of marine algae and their associated lipophilic (fat soluble) toxins, which can accumulate in shellfish and cause […]

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Harmful Algal Bloom Action Plan Developed for Long Island

A public symposium and expert workshop was held on Long Island, NY, May 17-18, 2016 with the goal of developing a harmful algal bloom (HAB) action plan for Suffolk County. Three NCCOS-funded scientists along with two NOAA scientists attended the symposium and workshop, all providing expertise and suggestions for the plan. Long Island’s coastal waters and lakes often […]

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