Blooms of some species of the diatom Pseudo-nitzschia produce a neurotoxin that accumulates in shellfish, which can cause illness and even death in humans who eat them. Shellfish managers monitor ... Read More
Domoic acid, a naturally occurring marine neurotoxin, threatens the health of marine mammals, seabirds, and humans via severe and long-term yet low-level exposure through the food web. Researchers discovered a ... Read More
Through this pilot project in the coastal waters of Southern California, we demonstrated the effectiveness of adding emerging technologies to harmful algal bloom monitoring programs that focus on toxic blooms ... Read More
We identified the oceanographic causes and transport routes for the harmful alga Pseudo-nitzschia in the offshore waters of the Pacific Northwest and improved predictability of the arrival of harmful algal ... Read More
Razor clamming at Twin Harbors beach, WA. Credit WDFW NOAA funded partners released the latest Pacific Northwest Harmful Algal Blooms (PNW HAB) Forecast one week ahead of a three-day razor ... Read More
A recent comprehensive review in the journal Harmful Algae documents over a decade of monitoring, research, and findings related to the diatom Pseudo-nitzschia and its toxin, domoic acid, off Southern ... Read More
Phytoplankton sampling at Starrigavan Dock in Sitka, Alaska. Credit: Matt Gribble, Emory University. NCCOS has provided the Sitka Tribe of Alaska with funding to expand monitoring and toxin testing of ... Read More
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