Oyster Conditions Dashboard Released

CeNCOOS is proud to announce the release of our new Humboldt Bay Oyster Conditions dashboard.  The culmination of months of work between CeNCOOS developers, Humboldt Bay scientists, and shellfish growers, the product provides easy access to ocean information for the region’s mariculture industry.
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This effort builds off a similar product developed by Humboldt State University (HSU) that sunsetted in 2013.  The new dashboard gives users access to real-time, historical, and some forecasts of relevant ocean parameters. The product integrates visualizations of the local upwelling index, water temperature, pH, chlorophyll, and experimental harmful algal bloom forecasts. 

These parameters provide farmers with information on:
- Food availability
- Low pH events that can potentially be harmful to juvenile oysters
- Warm water temperatures that promote the growth of oyster pathogens
- Potentially high levels of toxins in the water
Armed with this information, growers can take action to protect and optimize their crop. “We frequently have natural processes that we may or may not recognize until weeks after the event, like eelgrass loss, odd species that show up, or a poor oyster growth period” says Coast Seafoods’ General Manager Greg Dale.  “It really helps when we can then look back at other similar occurrences and correlate the same data to see relationships.  In this way we can learn to watch for specific conditions that may affect the bay and near shore environments we operate in.”
HSU and the Humboldt shellfish industry have a long history of successful collaborations.  “HSU, CeNCOOS, and our other research partners have been working with oyster growers to get them needed water quality information since 2003, but these observations have scientific and education value as well” Dr. Frank Shaughnessy, a Professor at HSU, said about the project. “We use this same information for many purposes, including the tracking of community dynamics in the Bay, studying Bay-ocean connections, and data comparisons for student projects.  The industry-science collaboration is incredibly beneficial to all involved”.
CeNCOOS expects this product to adapt to new data types and additional data feeds as they become available.  “One of the strengths of this interface is how quickly we can switch out or add new data streams as they are brought online” says Jennifer Patterson, CeNCOOS Information Manager and the designer of the dashboard, “we’ve already discussed adding weather information and additional sensors as they are installed in the region.”
We also hope this collaborative effort can be a model for developing similar dashboards for different locations and purposes.  We’re discussing possibilities with additional mariculture growing regions, but also envision using the technology to meet other stakeholder needs.
You can checkout the Humboldt Oyster Conditions Dashboard here on the website.  We’d love to get your feedback!  Leave us a note using the “feedback” tab on our website or shoot us an email at cencoos_communications@mbari.org
Special thanks to Frank Shaughnessy at HSU and Greg Dale of Coast Seafoods for leading this collaborative industry and science partnership!