What are Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs)?
Marine and fresh waters teem with life, much of it microscopic and most of it beneficial and harmless. There are, however, some species of algae and cyanobacteria that cause harm, either through the production of potent toxins or through the accumulated biomass during their “blooms”. Impacts include human and wildlife illness and mortality, ecosystem disruption, and economic losses to coastal communities.
News and Announcements
We are pleased to announce that the 11th U.S. Symposium on Harmful Algae will be held on October 23-28, 2022, in Albany, New York, at the Hilton Albany. Local coordination is being led by NEIWPCC, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and U.S. Geological Survey with support from the U.S. National Office for Harmful…Read More
October 10-15, 2021 This conference be a virtual event. More information can be found here.Read More
The CDC published the 2019 US summary on harmful algal bloom (HAB) events and associated human or animal illnesses through the One Health Harmful Algal Bloom System (OHHABS). One Health is a multi-sectoral approach that involves engagement across disciplines including public health, animal health, and environmental health. Using the One Health approach, CDC collects data…Read More
The EPA posted a Cyanotoxins Preparedness and Response Toolkit (CPRT) online. The CPRT will help EPA’s state and tribal partners prepare for potential harmful algal blooms in freshwater bodies and respond to protect public health. Cyanobacterial Harmful Algal Blooms (CyanoHABs) can cause fouling of beaches and shorelines, economic and aesthetic losses, taste and odor problems…Read More
The 12th International Conference on Toxic Cyanobacteria (ICTC 12) will be held in Toledo, OH from May 22-27, 2022! This rendition of ICTC will be a joint effort with the Interdisciplinary Freshwater Harmful Algal Blooms Workshop. As has been done at past ICTCs, submitted papers will also be published in a peer-reviewed journal. We are currently exploring…Read More
Proceedings of the Workshop on the Socio-economic Effects of Marine and Fresh Water Harmful Algal Blooms in the U.S.
The NCCOS Competitive Research Program (CRP) and the U.S. National Office for Harmful Algal Blooms are pleased to release the proceedings of the “Workshop on the Socio-economic Effects of Marine and Fresh Water Harmful Algal Blooms in the United States“, convened in August, 2020. The report documents the workshop’s proceedings and presents recommendations to advance…Read More
This framework is a production of a workshop hosted by the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) and U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS), with representatives from five Line Offices of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The report is now available here.Read More
A collaboration between the IOC and UNESCO, Harmful Algae News is a free newsletter describing recent updates in the global study of HABs, as well as publicizing networking and training opportunities for professionals. The newsletter can be found here.Read More