Monitoring and Event Response for Harmful Algal Blooms

Project Description
The ultimate aim of MERHAB is to help build sustainable regional partnerships
that provide managers with crucial information in time for critical decisions
needed to mitigate HAB impacts.

The MERHAB research program is addressing the growing national HAB threat by
expanding the number of coastal regions benefiting from advancements in algal
identification, detection, modeling, and prediction. Projects selected for
support must successfully compete in a peer-review process that ensures
high-level scientific merit and resource management relevance. MERHAB
competitions in 2002 and 2004 produced regional monitoring projects that will
enhance State monitoring and response capabilities for red tide in the Eastern
Gulf of Mexico, freshwater toxic algae in the lower Great Lakes and domoic acid
along the central California coast. Eight additional projects are testing
promising new technologies for routine monitoring use by coastal managers.

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