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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. NCCOS-supported research team led by scientists from Oregon State University found an association between domoic acid levels in shellfish and climate-scale warm ocean conditions that gives a unique, large-scale perspective relative to previous work. The strong […]

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New Guidance for Managing HAB Impacts on California Fisheries

A newly released report from the California Ocean Science Trust highlights efforts to learn from the 2015 massive bloom of the toxin-producing marine diatom Pseudo-nitzschia that formed off the U.S. West Coast. The harmful algal bloom (HAB) impacted key fisheries, such as Dungeness crabs and razor clams, and marine mammals from California to Alaska. NOAA […]

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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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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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