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
Proceedings of the the Workshop on the Socio-economic Effects of Harmful Algal Blooms in the United States
The proceedings document describing the Workshop on the Socio-economic Effects of Harmful Algal Blooms in the United States is now available here. The report documents the proceedings of a 2020 workshop convened by NOAA NCCOS and the U.S. National Office for HABs, and presents recommendations to advance an assessment framework and a national research agenda…Read More
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. REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! Poster abstracts will continue to be accepted as space permits through July 15, 2022 (11:59 PST). Visit our conference website for details regarding…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
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