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Study Shows Harmful Algal Bloom Species Has Distinct Bacterial Flora

A new study supported in part by the NCCOS Monitoring and Event Response for Harmful Algal Blooms (MERHAB) finds the harmful algal bloom (HAB)-forming diatom Pseudo-nitschia (PN) maintains a distinct bacterial community living on and near its exterior cell wall. The findings offer new insights into possibly using bacteria as indicators of HAB species composition, control […]

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NOAA Funds Harmful Algal Bloom Forecast System Development in Pacific Northwest

NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) are funding development of a harmful algal bloom (HAB) forecast in the Pacific Northwest to support management of shellfisheries, clamming beaches, and human health. The experimental monitoring and forecasting system will launch in 2017, with forecast bulletins predicting bloom location and concentration several days in advance. Annual […]

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NOAA Provides Harmful Algae Identification Training

Effective monitoring and management of harmful algal blooms (HABs) relies on accurate and timely identification of the species involved. Phytoplankton responsible for HABs varies dramatically in size, shape, pigmentation, toxins, habitat, life history, and ecology. Until recently only Europe offered comprehensive HAB identification training, but NCCOS now provides taxonomic training for a new generation of […]

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NCCOS Supported HAB Sensors Highlighted at NOAA Emerging Technologies Workshop

NCCOS efforts to provide early warnings as well as effective monitoring and forecasting of harmful algal blooms  through the use of the Imaging Flow Cytobot (microscope-in-a-can) and the Environmental Sample Processor (lab-in-a-can) were highlighted at a recent NOAA Emerging Technologies for Observations Workshop convened by the NOAA Observing Systems Council. Two presentations in particular detailed how NCCOS […]

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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 Supports Florida’s Martin County Assessment of 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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