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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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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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NCCOS Research Transitions GrouperChek to Commercialization

Is this really grouper that I am eating? In order to answer this question, NCCOS sponsored scientists at the University of South Florida (USF) developed and patented a quick identification device for commercially important grouper species. A technological offshoot from a portable red tide detection sensor, the apparatus checks for mislabeled “grouper” fish sold at restaurants […]

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U.S. Harmful Algae Symposium Highlights Latest NCCOS Research

NCCOS co-sponsored the Eighth Symposium on Harmful Algae in the United States, held this past November in Long Beach, California. The biennial event provides a forum for scientific exchange and technical communication on all aspects of harmful algal bloom (HAB) research in the U.S. NCCOS scientists, managers, and sponsored researchers led sessions on: bloom prediction, forecasting, […]

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‘Smartphone Microscopes’ Help Provide Early Warning of Harmful Algal Blooms in Lake Erie

Citizen scientists are using “smartphone microscopes” to identify harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie. The NCCOS Phytoplankton Monitoring Network, in collaboration with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, supplied volunteers in Western Lake Erie with the new generation of “smart” microscopes, which have built-in tablets. Each smartphone tablet is pre-loaded by NCCOS scientists with “Phyto”—an application that […]

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NCCOS Supports Algal Toxin Testing in El Salvador

The Marine Toxin Laboratory at the University of El Salvador (LABTOX-UES), supported by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is undergoing the national accreditation process for the analysis of saxitoxin, a marine toxin generated by some harmful algae blooms that builds up in shellfish. Consumption of contaminated shellfish can cause paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP). The […]

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New Technology Documents Rapid Phytoplankton Response to Tropical Storms and Hurricanes

A scientific study funded by NCCOS’ ECOHAB program, shows phytoplankton community structure changing rapidly, often by the hour, as tropical cyclones pass by. A revolutionary sampling instrument, the Imaging FlowCytobot (IFCB) allows hourly real-time continuous observation of phytoplankton changes. Over time the IFCB provides an extraordinary view of phytoplankton community structure. Prior studies of phytoplankton responses to […]

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The Future of Algae Bloom Monitoring Technology

Technology developed with NCCOS funding is rapidly advancing harmful algal bloom (HAB) monitoring capabilities nationwide. These cutting edge detection tools are now commercially available and transitioning them to sustained management operations is the new norm. Recently a U. S. National Park Service (NPS) funded study benefited from the use of the NCCOS-developed “underwater microscope” Imaging […]

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