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What's New: April 2010

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Celebrating 50 Years of Science on the Bay

The Cooperative Oxford Laboratory (COL), located in Oxford, MD, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this April. From oyster disease to dead zones, even today COL research remains critical to Chesapeake Bay restoration. More...

Alexandrium fundyense cysts

NOAA Helps New England Prepare for 2010 Red Tide Season

On February 24, researchers with the NOAA-funded Gulf of Maine Toxicity project issued an outlook predicting a significant bloom of Alexandrium fundyense, the red tide algal species, in the Gulf of Maine in the spring and summer of 2010. In response to this outlook, the state of Maine began monitoring shellfish toxicity three weeks earlier than normal. More...

Ocean Count Volunteers

Volunteers Count Whales in NOAA’s Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary

Every year in January, February, and March, volunteers count whales from the shores of O‘ahu, Kaua‘i, and the Big Island for the annual Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary Ocean Count. In 2010, more than 1,850 volunteers tallied humpback whale sightings and documented the animals’ surface behavior. More...