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The 2024 Gulf of Maine HAB Science Symposium will be held March 12-13 at the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services office located at 222 International Drive (Suite 175) in Portsmouth, NH.  Directions to the facility and a map are available HERE.

The main meeting will be held on March 12, with space reserved on the morning of the 13th for project and team group meetings. The goal of this Symposium is to facilitate discussion of ongoing issues, priorities, and concerns, and to share information that supports our understanding of HABs in this region.

This meeting is supported by the Community Engagement Core of the WHCOHH through grants from the National Science Foundation (OCE-1841811) and the National Institute of Environmental Health (P01ES028949).

We welcome your feedback on the meeting agenda and format!  Please send suggestions & questions to Mindy Richlen.

March 12, 2024

8:30-9:00 amCoffee & snacks
9:00-9:15 amIntroduction

Welcome & agenda review
Mindy Richlen, Don Anderson, Mike Brosnahan, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI)
9:15-9:40 amOcean circulation variability in the North Atlantic
Jaime Palter, University of Rhode Island
9:40-10:00 amTemperature anomalies in the northwestern Atlantic and implications for HABs
Dave Ralston, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
10:00-10:20 amGOM regional retrospective for 2023
Yizhen Li, Rick Stumpf (NOAA NCCOS)
10:20-10:45 amBreak
10:45-12:00 pmRegional Updates & Observations

1. Rhode Island 2023 HAB Update
David Borkman (Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, RI DEM)
2. Spatial and temporal patterns of HABs and toxicity in MA
Melissa Campbell and Alyson Mello (Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, DMF)

3. Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) surveys
Scott Libby (Batelle) and David Wu (MWRA)
4. Spatial and temporal patterns of HABs and toxicity in NH
Chris Nash (New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, NH DES)
12:00-1:00 pmLunch
1:15-1:45 pmRegional Updates & Observations (continued)
5. Spatial and temporal patterns of HABs and toxicity in ME
Bryant Lewis, Maine Department of Marine Resources (ME DMR)
6. Biotoxins and Shellstock Monitoring Components of the Canadian Shellfish Sanitation Program (CSSP)
Kimberly Justason, Joe Boutilier (Canadian Food Inspection Agency, CFIA)
Group discussion, Q&A
Regional Perspective: observations & research updates
1:45-2:00 pmTripos bloom in 2023
Liz Harvey, University of New Hampshire
2:00-2:15 pmPST Index update with an emphasis on winter Alexandrium blooms on Cape Cod
Don Anderson, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
2:15-2:30 pmPseudo-nitzschia observations and dynamics in the Gulf of Maine.
Kate Hubbard (FL FWRI)
2:30-2:50 pm Harmful Algal Bloom Observing Network – New England (HABON-NE) updates
Mike Brosnahan, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Group discussion, Q&A
3:00-3:15 pmBreak
3:15-3:30 pmPSP Forecasting
Nick Record and Johnathan Evanilla (Bigelow)
3:30-3:45 pmEmploying a novel molecular toolbox for rapid, sensitive detection of toxic Pseudo-nitzschia species.
Matt Harke (GMGI), Yida Gao (FL FWRI), Sydney Greenlee (UMaine/Bigelow), and Taylor Gibson (GMGI)
3:45-4:00 pm2023 Hydromet Review; 2024 Outlook & NWS Future Plans
Paula Miano (NOAA NWS)
4:00-4:15 pmNERACOOS programs update
Jackie Motyka (NERACOOS)
4:15-4:30 pmNOAA programs update
Marc Suddleson, Maggie Broadwater (NOAA NCCOS)
Group discussion, Q&A
Review workshops and team meetings scheduled for March 13
4:45 pmWrap-up and adjourn

March 13, 2023

Meeting room B
Meeting room A
8:30-9:00 amCoffee & snacks
Coffee & snacks
9:00-11:00 amMERHAB project meeting (Harke, Hubbard, et al.)FlowCam discussion
11:00-1:00 pmPCMHAB DSP project meeting (Deeds, Archer, Carr, Beekman) National HAB Office team discussion