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
The 12th U.S. Symposium on Harmful Algae will be held on October 27-November 1, 2024 at Holiday Inn Portland by the Bay in Portland, Maine.This event aims to address the national environmental challenges of harmful algal blooms (HABs) across both freshwater and marine systems. Against the backdrop of Maine’s unique ecosystems, we will convene to…Read More
NOAA has announced approximately $20.1 million in Fiscal Year 2023 funding for harmful algal bloom (HAB) and hypoxia research via the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) and U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System Office (IOOS). The portfolio includes projects that advance new methods for HAB toxin measurement in seafood to prevent human illnesses; enhance…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
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