Northwest Fisheries Science Center

Live Data from the Lummi ESP

The Environmental Sample Processor (ESP) is an advanced biosensor. It remotely and autonomously samples the water, conducts molecular analyses to look for target organisms, and telemeters the results to scientists at their desks in near real-time. Below are live data from the 2013 Lummi Bay ESP deployment.

This project is a collaboration of NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, Center for Ocean Solutions, University of British Columbia, Northwest Indian College, Washington State Department of Health, Taylor Shellfish Farms, Lummi Nation’s Natural Resources Department, American Gold Seafoods, and Rensel Associates Aquatic Sciences.














The harmful alga Alexandrium catenella produces toxins that can contaminate shellfish (photo credit: Gabriela Hannach).
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The harmful alga Heterosigma akashiwo can kill farmed fish in net pens when it blooms (photo credit: Gabriela Hannach).
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Some species of harmful algae in the genus Pseudo-nitzschia produce toxins that can contaminate shellfish (photo credit: Gabriela Hannach).
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