Since HABs and marine toxin outbreaks are largely unpredictable, our research places a strong emphasis on developing fundamental understandings of the mechanisms of toxin production and distribution in our coastal living marine resources. In order to do this we have put together a team with experience in chemistry, oceanography, molecular biology, and fisheries.
HABs and marine biotoxins impact the whole marine food web and the human endeavors associated with living marine resources. Because of the scale of these events, we have chosen to concentrate our current efforts on two marine biotoxins that have significant effects in the west coast of North America: Domoic Acid Poisoning and Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning.
Risk managers and the public want advanced notice about toxic HAB events that can contaminate or kill marine resources. In order to responds to these concerns, NWFSC HAB research falls into four broad categories: 1) Algal Growth, 2) Methods for the detection of marine biotoxins, 3) Toxicology Studies 4) Information and data analysis of past and current HAB events.