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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 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.