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Ecology and Oceanography (ECOHAB)

Ecology and Oceanography
Toxic Karenia brevis stains the water off South Padre Island, Texas, a rusty red. We fundresearch to understand the biology of harmful algae species and how they interact with their environment (Credit: Chase Fountain, Texas Parks & Wildlife).

NOAA works with the HAB research and management community to understand what triggers HABs, why some are toxic while others are not, and their full impact on humans and other parts of the ecosystem. Understanding and quantifying the causes and impacts of HABs and their toxins is fundamental to management and mitigation.

ECOHAB is a national, competitive research funding program with two broad goals:

  1. Develop information and tools, predictive models and forecasts, and prevention strategies to aid managers in coastal environments; and
  2. Learn how toxins are transferred across and up the food chain, including biosynthesis and metabolism of toxins, and assess the impacts of toxins on higher trophic levels.

Research results guide management of coastal resources to reduce HAB development, impacts, and future threats and will feed into other HAB programs for development of tools to improve HAB management and response. ECOHAB is authorized by HABHRCA.

Funding announcements for ECOHAB, as well as NCCOS's other national competitive HAB programs (MERHAB and PCMHAB), are issued on a rotating regional basis.