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2016 NOAA Bronze and Distinguished Career Awards Honor NCCOS Scientists

NOAA Administrator Dr. Kathryn Sullivan presented the 2016 Bronze Medal and Distinguished Career Awards to esteemed recipients at a ceremony held at NOAA’s Silver Spring headquarters on May 24, 2016. The Bronze Medal Award is the highest honor award granted by the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere; the Bronze Medal recognizes superior performance […]

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Environmental Variables Influence Toxic Ciguatera Algae Growth and Distribution

A new study describes optimal growth conditions for several species and strains of the benthic marine dinoflagellate Gambierdiscus and highlights how these species and strains respond differently to varying levels of salinity, light, and temperature. These environmental factors, along with suitable seafloor habitat, predict the geographic distribution of Gambierdiscus. Gambierdiscus is a genus of tropical and subtropical […]

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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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Real-time HAB and Toxin Sensors Deployed in Pacific Northwest

An environmental sample processor (ESP) was deployed on May 23 to monitor for harmful algal blooms (HABs) and their toxins off the coast of La Push, Washington in the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary, by scientists with NOAA and the University of Washington. This is the first time the ESP, essentially a ‘lab in a […]

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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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Risk of Shellfish Toxicity Predicted by Temperature and Salinity

A new study shows that water temperature and salinity can indicate the likely occurrence of toxic Alexandrium blooms (a type of harmful algae) in the U. S. Pacific Northwest. As shellfish become contaminated with the toxins produced by these harmful algal blooms (HABs), researchers and shellfish managers can use these findings to predict shellfish toxicity, which causes illness or even […]

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Offshore Sewage Release in Southern California Brings Unexpected Result

A scheduled sewage release off Los Angeles provided a unique opportunity to study before and after impacts of massive nutrient injection into coastal waters. Researchers hypothesized large, potentially harmful algal blooms (HABs), would result from the discharge. The sewage release was extensively studied by NCCOS scientists, sponsored researchers, and partner agencies, and the results were not […]

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