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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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Annual Lake Erie Harmful Algal Bloom Projections Available

The early season harmful algal bloom projection for Lake Erie started last month.  The projection gives the range of severity of the cyanobacteria bloom that is likely to occur in Lake Erie in the summer. Weekly projections will continue to be posted until early July, when the official seasonal forecast will be made. The toxic blooms […]

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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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NOAA Supports Florida’s Monitoring of Brown Tide in Indian River Lagoon

NCCOS has approved a Harmful Algal Bloom Event Response project that will enhance state efforts to monitor and assess the extent of an active bloom of Aureoumbra lagunensis algae, also known as brown tide, in Florida’s northern Indian River Lagoon system. A massive fish kill last month was attributed to low dissolved oxygen conditions created […]

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NOAA Improves Monitoring of Ciguatera in Fish

NCCOS and their partners have developed a new method for detecting ciguatoxins in fish that does not rely on the typical use of radioisotopes, which are highly regulated and often unavailable in remote tropical regions where ciguatera incidence is high. More than 50,000 people suffer from ciguatera fish poisoning each year by consuming fish tainted with […]

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