NOAA Harmful Algal Bloom Liaison Project: November – December 2022 Update

Greetings All!

Just a few, quick items for this last eNews of the year. As 2022 comes to a close, I wish you all a safe, peaceful and happy holidays!

Upcoming Trainings

NOAA CoastWatch Satellite Course

The NOAA CoastWatch team is pleased to announce an upcoming satellite training course for Sea Grant and its partners. During this virtual course, participants will learn about different satellite products, how to access them, download them and use them for a variety of purposes. This virtual course will occur on Wednesdays, beginning January 18 and ending on February 15, 2023.

For more information about the course, schedule and registration, please visit and register at this form.

Communications – New blog post

New Methods For Quantifying Spatial Extent of Cyanobacterial Blooms in the U.S. Across Different Geographic Scales

Cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae, are a group of microorganisms that live in aquatic environments throughout the world. Some types of cyanobacteria are known to produce a variety of toxins that may cause harm and sometimes death to fish, wildlife, domestic animal, and rarely, humans.

Several studies have indicated that cyanobacterial harmful algal blooms (cyanoHABs) have increased in frequency, extent, and magnitude, globally over the last several decades. However, data are not available to quantify these metrics at regular intervals and across wide geographic scales. The lack of this information poses future risk to the environment and public health.

To inform monitoring priorities and management decisions, timely assessment methods are needed for regions experiencing cyanoHABs, as well as those where blooms are likely to occur in the future. To that end, a recently published paper (2022) by Schaeffer et al., quantified the spatial extent of cyanoHABs using satellites from the European Space Agency (ESA).

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The following events are conferences and/or symposiums with a HAB focus or HAB session.


3rd Annual Harmful Algal Bloom Virtual Symposium provided by the Northcentral Region Water Network
January 5-6, 2023


2023 Gulf of Maine HAB Science Symposium
Tentatively scheduled for March 13-14, 2023

115th National Shellfish Association (NSA) Annual Meeting
Baltimore, Maryland
March 26-30, 2023


IAGLR’s 66th Annual Conference on Great Lakes Research
Theme: Adapting to Climate Change
May 8–12, 2023

Interdisciplinary Freshwater Harmful Algal Blooms Workshop (IFHAB)
University of Montréal
May 4-5, 2023


ASLO Aquatic Sciences Meeting 2023
Palma de Mallorca, Spain
4–9 June 2023

Phycological Society of America – PSA 2023 Annual Meeting
Providence, Rhode Island
June 25-29, 2023

holiday card with the message 'Florida Sea Grant is wishing you Happy Holidays'Betty Staugler | NOAA HAB Liaison, Florida Sea Grant

Phone: (941) 979-6328