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2008 Bloom Season

The following is the final summary of what happened in 2008.  Also provided are "status reports" for different dates during the year for those who are interested in the progression of observations and commentary.

A significant regional-scale Alexandrium catenella bloom occurred within the Gulf of Maine in 2008 (see map). Toxicity was particularly high in eastern Maine but also extended south to Massachusetts Bay and parts of Cape Cod.  An offshore bloom of the species was also detected on Georges Bank. It is noteworthy that this bloom was predicted several months in advance based on the abundance of A. catenella cysts in Gulf of Maine sediments (see press release).

2008 Status Reports