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Multiple Marine and Freshwater Algal Toxins Documented in Southern California

NCCOS-sponsored scientists recently documented the occurrence of several, potentially harmful cyanobacteria and associated toxins at the land-sea interface along the southern California coast. Their newly published findings in the journal Toxins reveal a previously unrecognized, potential human health threat from cyanotoxins in our coastal waters, raising new concerns for recreation, harvesting of finfish and shellfish, […]

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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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NOAA Science Reaches 16,000 Students and Families at Charleston STEM Festival

The Charleston STEM festival is one of twelve community events nationwide supported by the Alfred P. Slone Foundation to increase awareness of the role of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in society. The STEM festival is now in its fourth year with NOAA reaching over 16,000 students and their parents. NOAA’s Office of Education and Office […]

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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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Meeting Challenges in Estuarine and Coastal Ecosystem Science

Along with individual stressor-based research projects, NCCOS undertakes a broader ecosystem approach using larger, multidisciplinary research projects. A recent essay authored in part by NCCOS sponsored scientists gives perspectives on challenges and paths for advancing estuarine science; NCCOS research strives to meet these challenges. Five major research challenges were identified: (1) Maintaining and improving spatially distributed time-series datasets; […]

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NCCOS Leads Key Topics at International Coral Reef Symposium

This week, staff from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) led special sessions and gave individual presentations at the 13th International Coral Reef Symposium in Honolulu, Hawaii. The symposium is one of the largest international gatherings that bring together researchers, managers, policy makers, non-governmental organizations, and the general public to share and discuss recent […]

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Volunteers Train to Monitor Florida Red Tide in Real Time

Citizen volunteers and college students are evaluating an NCCOS-funded portable sensor that easily and accurately calculates the number of Karenia brevis cells in a water sample, the algae that causes red tides in Florida. This month, St. Petersburg College biotechnology students learned how to use the sensor in a training class at the University of […]

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Producing a new Reference Material for Paralytic Shellfish Toxin Monitoring

Saxitoxins, produced by species of harmful algal blooms (HABs), cause paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) when contaminated seafood is consumed. For nearly 50 years the U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has provided a saxitoxin dihydrochloride standard to state shellfish laboratories and others who monitor seafood safety, and has distributed it as a National Institutes of Standards […]

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