HABS Monitoring

HABS Monitoring

Monitoring for harmful algal blooms (HAB) occurs at 8 piers along the California coastline.The HAB groups of greatest concern to California are Pseudo-nitzschia and Alexandrium, since some species can produce potent algal toxins that can be transferred through the food web to higher organisms such as marine mammals and humans. Water samples and net tows are collected once per week to monitor for HAB species, and naturally occurring algal toxins, as well as water temperature, salinity, and nutrients. Data are available online via the SCCOOS website.