Meeting to present update on RI’s first harmful algal bloom

Pseudo-nitzschia, NOAA photo courtesy Vera Trainer

A harmful algal bloom outbreak, the first such known in Rhode Island, shut down shellfish beds in portions of Narragansett Bay for most of the month of October.

The state is hosting a meeting at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography on December 16 to review what happened and to discuss plans for harmful algal bloom monitoring going forward as well as identify what issues would benefit from further research.

Sea Grant intends to use feedback from the meeting to craft a request for small-scale research proposals that will address harmful algal blooms, which are the result of rapid growth of potentially toxin-producing phytoplankton, in the case of this recent outbreak, Pseudo-nitzschia.

This meeting will be of interest to researchers and members of the shellfish industry, as well as regulators.


 WHAT: Learning from the October 2016 Harmful Algal Bloom: Monitoring Plans Going Forward and Short and Long-Term Research Needs for Rhode Island.

WHEN: December 16, 2016
** 2:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.**

WHERE: Hazard Rooms A & B | Coastal Institute Building
URI Bay Campus
220 South Ferry Road Narragansett




This meeting is presented by RI DEM in coordination with RI DOH Food Safety Program and State Health Laboratory.
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