This report highlights the findings of the Applying novel techniques to assess and forecast HABs in Chesapeake Bay to protect fisheries, aquaculture and human health workshop held over two half-days, on January 18 and 19, 2023 at Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS), in Gloucester Point, Virginia. The workshop, organized by Sea Grant, with steering committee support, sought to assess Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) and Cyanobacterial Harmful Algal Bloom (CyanoHABs) forecasting opportunities & limitations at scales needed for resource management & industry business practices, and brought together agency, industry, and academic experts to discuss this topic. The workshop was supported by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Sea Grant College Program and National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, along with Maryland Sea Grant and Florida Sea Grant.
Forty-one participants from state agencies, nonprofit organizations, academic institutions, extension, aquaculture, charter boat operations, and the recreational fishing community attended the workshop, allowing for a diverse and comprehensive assessment of forecasting needs and opportunities. The objectives of the workshop were as follows:
- To understand how HABs affect the operations of aquaculture, recreational fishing & other water dependent users.
- To understand the HAB spatial information & forecasting needs of resource managers (and areas of synergy w/ researchers).
- To learn about potential forecast data products & how output could be used (capabilities & limitations).
- To compile information on potential uses of (satellite imagery & forecasting) tools and products.
- To assess current monitoring and observing efforts that could lead to the development of a forecast and identify gaps.