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NCCOS Responds to Southern California Harmful Algal Bloom Event

Starting late March- early April 2017, researchers, managers, and animal response networks working in Southern California coastal communities noted an increase in wildlife impacts consistent with the onset of a harmful algal bloom (HAB). They observed a large die-off of seabirds in Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Los Angeles Counties and an influx of sea lions […]

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NCCOS Research Featured in EPA Harmful Algal Blooms Regional Forum

Southwestern states and Pacific Islands are experiencing increasing occurrences of harmful algal blooms in both coastal ocean and freshwater bodies. Recently the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in collaboration with a key regional partner, the California Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program, convened a forum for federal, state, tribal and local agencies, lake managers, and water […]

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Toxin Sensor off Washington Coast Provides Early Warning

A sensor for the algal neurotoxin domoic acid (DA), developed by NCCOS scientists, was deployed last week off the Washington coast on an Environmental Sample Processor (ESP). Designed by the Monterey Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) and known as “ESPfriday,” the processor is operated by the Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NWFSC). The DA sensor, along with harmful […]

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Ocean Warming Expands Range of Harmful Algal Blooms

A recent study led by NCCOS and Stony Brook University concludes that rising ocean temperatures are expanding the geographical range of harmful algal blooms and intensifying the blooms themselves in the North Atlantic and North Pacific oceans. Using high-resolution, ocean temperature data to model trends in growth rates and bloom-season duration for two toxic algae, Alexandrium fundyense […]

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NCCOS Joins USGS in Congressional Briefing on Harmful Algal Bloom Threats

On April 4, a Congressional Briefing held in Washington, DC, focused on harmful algal blooms (HABs) and their increasing impacts on coastal, Great Lakes, and inland communities and economies. NCCOS’ Quay Dortch, represented NOAA as a featured panelist, discussing the growing problem of marine HABs and the threat posed by freshwater HABs (i.e., cyanobacteria or […]

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NCCOS a Big Player at 2017 Gulf of Mexico Alliance Meeting

NCCOS scientists and sponsored principal investigators (PIs) joined hundreds of other scientists and managers interested in the ecology and sustainability of the Gulf of Mexico at the Gulf of Mexico Alliance (GOMA) 2017 All Hands Meeting in Houston, Texas, in late March. With research spanning decades, NCCOS supports a robust research portfolio in the Gulf […]

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International Collaboration Investigates Ciguatoxin Toxicity Around the Globe

The first assessment of toxicity differences among the many known Gambierdiscus strains or species responsible for Ciguatera Fish Poisoning (CFP) in humans from consumption of fish contaminated with ciguatoxin was published in Harmful Algae. The international effort was led by Francesco Pisapia from IFREMER and included scientists from NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, […]

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