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Annual Lecture Informs Long Island Citizens of Water Quality Threats

Over the last century, Long Island coastal bays, once home to some of the nation’s most productive shellfisheries, have faced a series of environmental threats. The primary culprit appears to be excess nitrogen entering the waters—from fertilizer runoff to septic system effluent—that fuels excessive algal growth, reducing water quality and degrading bay ecosystems. These algal […]

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NCCOS Leads on New Action Strategy for Addressing HABs, Hypoxia

NCCOS and NOAA staff, in coordination with 12 other federal agencies, rolled out a strategy to increase collaboration in research and improve communications of the risks of harmful algal blooms (HABs) and hypoxia, twin threats to our nation’s waters. The group is co-led by Mary Erickson, director of NCCOS. Caitlin Gould, NCCOS, is the coordinator […]

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Robotic Environmental Sample Processor Conserves Samples for HAB Species Identification

Sponsored researchers with the NCCOS ECOHAB project looking at regional harmful algal bloom “hotspots” off coastal California are testing the feasibility of using a robotic water quality and toxin detection device, the Environmental Sample Processor or ESP, to collect the glass cells (silicon frustules) of the diatom Pseudo-nitzschia for species identification and assessing geographic distribution. Certain species […]

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NCCOS Provides Training to a Centralized Algal Toxin Testing Laboratory for Southeast Alaskan Tribes

NCCOS scientists provided training and technical guidance to scientific staff of the Sitka Tribe of Alaska Environmental Regulatory Laboratory (STAERL) on the extraction and detection of Paralytic Shellfish Toxins (PST). The NCCOS-developed receptor binding assay being taught, an Interstate Shellfish Sanitation Conference (ISSC) accepted method, can help secure the food supply against these potent toxins. […]

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Envisioning a Plankton Imaging Network to Address Gulf of Mexico Coastal Management Needs

In mid-January, 2016, NCCOS funded investigators from Texas A&M University and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution convened a group of scientists and managers to produce a first-ever consensus vision for a network of real-time, continuous plankton imaging sensors or Imaging FlowCytobots (IFCB) in the Gulf of Mexico. The envisioned network will expand a harmful algal […]

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California Ocean Protection Council Briefed on Harmful Algal Bloom Impacts

At a recent meeting of the California Ocean Protection Council (OPC), a panel of researchers and managers briefed the council on the Summer 2015 West Coast harmful algal bloom (HAB) event and other troubling changing ocean conditions. The presentation highlighted the value of past and current NCCOS competitive HAB programs. These program investments in modeling, monitoring, observing and […]

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Scientist and Television Station Report Long Island Water Quality Index Weekly

An NCCOS-sponsored scientist partnered with a Long Island television station to create a public water quality index that keeps citizens informed of local water conditions. The online, interactive index provides weekly reports on six water quality parameters—dissolved oxygen, water clarity, temperature, chlorophyll, fecal bacteria, and harmful algal blooms (HABs)—in more than 25 water bodies in and […]

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Workshop Refines Requirements for Lake Erie Harmful Algal Bloom Forecast

The 2015 harmful algal bloom (HAB) in Lake Erie was the most severe in a century, affecting drinking water treatment and recreation on Lake Erie. For the eighth year, NOAA provided Ohio EPA, Ohio Department of Health, water treatment managers, and Ohio Sea Grant information on the extent and potential trajectory of the bloom, allowing […]

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