States, Tribes, and Regional Resources
SEATOR is a partnership that includes the Southeast Alaska tribal environmental programs, federal agencies, universities, and private industry, committed to monitoring and communicating findings about shellfish toxins, harmful algal blooms, and ocean acidification.
The SEATT network was formed in September 2013 to coordinate Southeast Alaskan Tribal responses to the threat of toxic shellfish and harmful algal blooms (HABs). Each SEATT partner monitors phytoplankton activity at one or more local sites, collects and filters water samples to analyze for cellular toxins, records environmental parameters, and collects shellfish for testing for toxins that could cause Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP). With “eyes on the water” each week, SEATT partners can inform their communities about the current risks of harvesting subsistence shellfish. Each community in SEATT is also using the data to asses its total vulnerability to toxic shellfish.
The Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association provides health and safety information, services, and support, including programs focused on food safety and HAB toxin investigations.
- The CDC's One Health Harmful Algal Bloom System (OHHABS) is a voluntary reporting system available to state and territorial public health departments and their designated environmental health or animal health partners, with the goal of supporting the understanding and prevention of HABs and HAB-associated illnesses.
- Fisheries and Oceans Canada is the federal lead for managing Canada's fisheries, oceans and freshwater resources.
- Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System (GCOOS) is the heart of data collection for ocean and coastal waters in the Gulf of Mexico - collecting thousands of data points from sensors and ensuring that the information is reliable, timely and accurate before disseminating it to the ocean sectors that rely on it.
- The Interstate Shellfish Sanitation Conference (ISSC) serves to advise the US FDA on key guidelines regarding the interstate movement and sale of shellfish.
- The National Shellfish Sanitation Program (NSSP) is the federal/state cooperative program recognized by the U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Interstate Shellfish Sanitation Conference (ISSC) for the sanitary control of shellfish produced and sold for human consumption.
- The Northeastern Regional Association of Coastal Ocean Observing Systems (NERACOOS) spans New England coastal waters from the Canadian border to the New York Bight. NERACOOS provides weather and ocean data to fishers, commercial shippers, and emergency managers, and also works to improve water quality monitoring, harmful algal bloom predictions and warnings, and coastal flooding and erosion forecasting systems.
- The Northwest Association of Networked Ocean Observing Systems (NANOOS) is focused on the Pacific Northwest, primarily Washington and Oregon. NANOOS has strong ties with the observing programs in Alaska and British Columbia for a common purpose of sharing data and increased understanding of coastal marine systems.
- Olympic Region Harmful Algal Blooms (ORHAB) shares knowledge with local communities on the Olympic Peninsula of the Washington State coast, empowering tribal and state managers to make scientifically-based decisions about managing and mitigating harmful algal bloom (HAB) impacts on coastal fishery resources.
- The Upper Mississippi River Basin Association (UMRBA) is a regional interstate organization formed by the Governors of Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, and Wisconsin to coordinate the states' river-related programs and policies and work with federal agencies that have river responsibilities.
- The US Integrated Ocean Observing System (US IOOS) provides quality and timely information about our oceans, coasts and Great Lakes. The joint efforts of the 11 IOOS Regional Associations and their Federal partners creates a national network that meets the diverse needs of users across the nation.