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Public Workshop on Harmful Algae Blooms

  • Hazard Room, University of Rhode Island, Coastal Institute Building 215 South Ferry Road Narragansett, RI, 02882 United States (map)

About: As part of continued efforts to support a strong shellfish industry in Rhode Island, the Department of Environmental Management and partners are holding this informational meeting to review the Ocean State’s new monitoring and contingency response plan for harmful algae blooms (HAB). Last year, Rhode Island experienced its first HAB caused by the presence of toxic phytoplankton in local waters; the event triggered an emergency closure of the state’s shellfishing areas. A subsequent bloom earlier this year resulted in a second emergency closure of some waters. As part of the workshop, officials will review routine monitoring efforts for phytoplankton in the state’s waters and new emergency protocols in the case an HAB is detected.
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