Scientists Prepare for Annual Mission to Sample Harmful Algal Bloom Cysts in the Gulf of Maine

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In November 2015, scientists from NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution embark on a ten-day sediment sampling mission in the Gulf of Maine. By examining sediment cores for the presence of seed-like cysts released by the harmful alga Alexandrium fundyense, researchers hope to improve forecasting of harmful algal bloom (HAB) events along the New England coast.

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