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Native Alaskans Trained in Potentially Life-saving Toxin Monitoring

Recent analyses conducted by the Sitka Tribe of Alaska Environmental Research Laboratory (STAERL) identified lethal levels of algal-produced toxin-like activity in shellfish from two Southeast Alaska sites in late May. Blue mussels, cockles, and butter clams were found to contain up to 46 times the regulatory limit for saxitoxins. Results from testing were shared with […]

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Renewed Interest to Study Ciguatera Risks in Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument

Dr. Alison Robertson, an NCCOS ECOHAB sponsored ciguatera expert with the University of South Alabama and Dauphin Island Sea Lab (USA\DISL), is helping the NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS) assess human health threats related to ciguatera fish poisoning in island waters within the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument (PMNM). Ciguatera is a major, if not the […]

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More Complete Dolphin Genome Could Improve Assessments

A new, more exhaustive Atlantic bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) genome, or complete set of the species’ genetic material, was completed by NOAA partners at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI). Genetic data from T. truncatus blood and skin studies were made available by NOAA’s NCCOS […]

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Reducing Migratory Duck Mortality on Padre Island, TX

An extremely toxic Microcystis bloom on a pond in the Padre Island National Seashore was associated with a significant mortality of redhead ducks (Aythya americana). The primary concern is the mortality of redhead ducks that use this region as a major wintering ground. The NCCOS Event Response Program has funded a researcher from Texas A&M University […]

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NCCOS Provides HAB Technology Guidance to African Countries Under United Nations Program

NCCOS recently led a two-week training course on harmful algal bloom (HAB) sampling and toxin analysis at the Kenya Marine Fisheries and Research Institute in Mombasa, Kenya.  This regional training course was organized for countries throughout Africa with support of a United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)-funded project to establish toxin sampling and analysis capabilities in African […]

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Study Shows Harmful Algal Bloom Species Has Distinct Bacterial Flora

A new study supported in part by the NCCOS Monitoring and Event Response for Harmful Algal Blooms (MERHAB) finds the harmful algal bloom (HAB)-forming diatom Pseudo-nitschia (PN) maintains a distinct bacterial community living on and near its exterior cell wall. The findings offer new insights into possibly using bacteria as indicators of HAB species composition, control […]

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Southeast Alaska Tribes Trained in Minimizing Risk of Shellfish Toxins

NCCOS scientists instructed environmental personnel from the southeast Alaska tribes in toxic phytoplankton sampling and identification techniques during the Fourth Workshop of the Southeast Alaska Tribal Toxins (SEATT) Partnership in Sitka, Alaska. The NCCOS Phytoplankton Monitoring Network developed these techniques. Also at the workshop, NCCOS scientists provided technical and program development guidance to the Sitka Tribe […]

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Outlook for Impact of HABs on 2016 Crab Season in California

On August 11, 2016  Dr. Raphael Kudela, with the University of California Santa Cruz, testified on “Harmful Algal Blooms and Domoic Acid: Latest Forecast and a Look Ahead to the Upcoming Season” to the Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture of the California Legislature. Kudela discussed the massive west coast-wide 2015 toxic Pseudo-nitzchia bloom, drawing a strong link between […]

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