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PCM Projects


Prior to establishing the new PCM HAB Program (which is authorized by the Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Research and Control Act), ECOHAB and MERHAB addressed HAB prevention, control, and mitigation (PCM) issues to some degree.  ECOHAB and MERHAB projects, detailed below, have led to significant advances in HAB PCM. Specifically, they have:

  • researched new, promising methods for bloom control,
  • developed new detection methods for HAB organisms and their toxins, which have been or are being transitioned to use by managers,
  • advanced the transition of new HAB forecasting approaches to operational use, and
  • assessed the economic impacts of HABs nationally and regionally.  

The new PCM HAB Program now provides a focused opportunity to move more PCM strategies and technologies from development through demonstration (i.e., validation) to transfer to end-users.

PCM HAB Fiscal Year 2011 Projects

PCM HAB Fiscal Year 2010 Projects

PCM Projects Supported through ECOHAB and MERHAB

Domoic Acid Dip Stick Test Kit: A Rapid, Inexpensive, Sensitive Field Assay for Use by Resource Managers, Public Health Officials, Shellfish Harvesters and Citizens Monitoring Groups
Engineering Upgrades and Field Trials of the Autonomous Microbial Genosensor
Rapid HAB detection instrument development and deployment

Role of parasitism on HAB dynamics: Amoebophrya sp. ex Alexandrium tamarense
Economic impacts of HAB events and the value of scientific predictions
Dynamics and mechanisms of HAB dinoflagellate mortality by algicidal bacteria.
Control of harmful algal blooms using clays:  phase II

Predictive models of the toxic dinoflagellate Alexandrium fundyense in the Gulf of Maine: quantitative evaluation, refinement, and transition to operational mode for coastal management
Algicidal bacteria targeting Karenia brevis (formerly Gymnodinium breve): population dynamics and killing activity
Exploring lytic and temperate viruses of Karenia brevis (formerly Gymnodinium breve) as a mechanism of controlling red tide blooms

PCM Projects Funded by Other ECOHAB Partners

Economic effects of HABs on coastal communities and shellfish culture in Florida

Assessment of the potential for introduction of harmful algal bloom (HAB) species via shellfish transport
A framework for estimating the economic impacts of Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) in the United States

The economic effects of Pfiesteria in the mid-Atlantic region

Mitigation of fish-killing algal blooms using clay
Control of harmful algal blooms using clays
Algicidal bacteria and the regulation of Gymnodinium breve blooms in the Gulf of Mexico