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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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New Funding to Protect Chesapeake Bay Oyster Aquaculture from Harmful Algal Blooms

Last week, NCCOS approved funding for the Virginia Institute of Marine Science and a Virginia commercial oyster grower to examine the impacts of harmful algal blooms on oyster aquaculture during active blooms of the toxic dinoflagellate algae Cochlodinium polykrikoides and Alexandrium monilatum. In late July 2016, a bloom of the two harmful algal species expanded, intensified, and […]

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Workshop Supports HAB Toxin Detection Technologies for Asian-Pacific Laboratories

Toxins produced by harmful algal blooms (HABs) accumulate in marine resources and are a major cause of human seafood poisoning around the world, which impedes economic development and international trade. Tests developed by NCCOS to measure levels of HAB toxins, known as receptor binding assays (RBA), are a standard method for regulatory use and are in […]

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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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Webinar Provides Shellfish Managers with Vibrio Risk Guidance

At the request of stakeholders in the Northeast U.S., NCCOS and the National Weather Service Ocean Prediction Center hosted a webinar last month to demonstrate the suite of modeled guidance products the NOAA Ecological Forecasting (EF) Pathogens Team and partners have developed for assessing risk of Vibrio exposure. Vibrio species are naturally occurring bacteria that […]

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