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
NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal and Ocean Science Competitive Research Program (NCCOS/CRP) is pleased to announce a Fiscal Year 2024 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for Social, Cultural, and Economic Assessment of Harmful Algal Blooms. For this opportunity, NCCOS/CRP is soliciting proposals that assess the social, cultural and economic impacts of HAB events. Research…Read More
NOAA NCCOS is pleased to announce the release of our FY2023 season Alexandrium catenella nowcast/forecast for the Gulf of Maine. https://coastalscience.noaa.gov/science-areas/habs/hab-forecasts/gulf-of-maine-alexandrium-catenella-predictive-models/experimental-nowcast-forecast-simulation/ ** Note: if you are using google chrome, make sure that you clear the browser cache each week to view the latest model results. All other browsers should pick up the update automatically.Read More
Effective monitoring and management of harmful algal blooms (HABs) relies on accurate and timely identification of the species involved. The classic method of detection is microscopic examination for HA species based on morphological characteristics. The rapidly expanding harmful algae taxonomy field, retirement of many ‘classical’ taxonomists, lack of dedicated U. S. harmful algae taxonomic and…Read More
The 20th International Conference on Harmful Algae (ICHA) will be held November 5-10, 2023, in Hiroshima, Japan. Please visit the conference website HERE.Read More
Interested in attending upcoming conferences, meetings, workshops, or other events related to HAB science? A timeline of events of interest to the HAB community is available on the US HAB website, and updated periodically. Please click HERE to view the timeline & current listings, which are updated periodically. If you wish to post a meeting or event, please contact Harmful-Algae@whoi.edu.Read More
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 that will lead to comprehensive evaluations of the social and economic effects of HABs in the fresh (primarily the Great Lakes) and marine waters of the United States.Read More