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CSCOR Harmful Algal Bloom Event Response Program

The CSCOR HAB Event Response Program provides immediate assistance for managing events and for advancing the understanding of HABs as they occur. Upon notification of an event, CSCOR and its partner, the U.S. National Office for Harmful Algal Blooms at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, will work to provide access to the best technology and expertise available, provide supplemental financial support for investigating a unique event, and ensure proper scientific documentation to add to the HAB knowledge base.

Limited funding is available, so only modest requests to help defray costs of immediate mobilization of sampling, supplies and analytical services are considered. Further, due to limited resources CSCOR prioritizes three types of events:

  • Appearance of species, toxicity or harmful impacts which are unusual or unique for a particular U.S. coastal region and pose threats to public health and/or economically vital resources or which may lead to new discoveries in HAB science
  • Sudden or unexplained mortalities of seabirds, fish, or marine mammals for which a HAB linkage is suspected but which requires confirmation through additional sampling or observations
  • HAB events with major management or resource impacts for which additional data such as the size or extent of the outbreak, causative species, hydrographic characteristics of the associated water mass will be of use in subsequent management decisions.

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NOAA/NOS/NCCOS/CSCOR HAB event Response Program co-managers:

Marc Suddleson
MERHAB manager

Quay Dortch
ECOHAB Coordinator