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 20th International Conference on Harmful Algae (ICHA) will be held November 5-10, 2023, in Hiroshima, Japan. We will share additional information as it becomes available. Please visit the conference website HERE.Read More
The Organizing Committee for the Interdisciplinary Freshwater Harmful Algal Blooms Workshop (IFHAB) is pleased to share with you the next workshop will take place from May 4-5, 2023 at the University of Montréal. Abstract submissions will be opening soon. Please visit the conference website (click HERE) for more information and announcements in the coming weeks.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
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