[MARMAM] Harmful Algal Blooms - Upcoming Meeting and Request for Proposals

Sarah.Wilkin Sarah.Wilkin at noaa.gov
Wed Jul 25 07:32:28 PDT 2007


For anyone investigating linkages between marine mammal health and 
die-offs and harmful algal blooms (red tides, domoic acid, etc.), the 
following items might be of interest:

- The 4th USHAB meeting will be held October 29 - November 1, 2007 in 
Woods Hole, Massachusetts, USA. Note that  the deadline for registration 
is September 1, 2007.
More information can be found at:

- The Ecology and Oceanography of Harmful Algal Blooms (ECOHAB) program 
has recently published a request for proposals that can be found at the 
following link:
Please note that proposals are due no later than October 4, 2007, 4:00 

The section relating to NOAA's interests is the following:
HABs and related biotoxin risk must be managed if we are to ensure 
public health, build viable and valuable sustainable fisheries, protect 
living marine resources including threatened and endangered species and 
their habitats, and effectively manage coastal activities and resources. 
NOAA's interest is in developing:

1. Quantitative understanding of HABs and, where applicable, their 
toxins in relation to the surrounding environment with the intent of 
developing new tools, models, and prevention strategies to aid managers 
in coastal environments,
2. Models of trophic transfer of toxins and assessment of impacts on 
higher trophic levels,
3. Effective techniques for prevention, control, and mitigation to 
assist in reducing the impacts of HABs and their toxins, and
4. Assessments of the socioeconomic impacts of HABs on coastal 
communities and identification of opportunities to mitigate these impacts.

Although NOAA has a strong interest in the public health impacts of 
HABs, funding for research on the human health impacts of HABs is
provided by the Oceans and Human Health Initiative (OHHI). 
Multi-disciplinary regional ecosystem investigations leading to 
development of operational ecological forecasting capabilities in areas 
with severe, recurrent blooms along the US coast will continue to be a 
major priority. These can be either in new areas, areas that have been 
studied previously but where new or unanswered questions remain, or 
involve comparisons between ecosystems. Where ECOHAB or other funding 
has already established a foundation of knowledge, the need for 
additional research must be clearly articulated. Projects to be funded 
by NOAA must demonstrate a clear link to management issues and specify 
outcomes that will provide managers and the public with sound scientific 
information for making decisions. Articulation of outcome-based 
management goals is required in proposals (see Section Iv.B.5.A.(3)  
Expected Results, Benefits, Outputs and Outcomes), and recipients will 
be expected to report progress toward achieving outcome-based goals 
annually. NOAA definitions and examples of outputs and outcomes can be 
accessed at www.cop.noaa.gov.
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