Prevention, Control, and Mitigation (PCMHAB)
After more than 10 years of research, HAB programs like ECOHAB and MERHAB have produced methods and strategies to improve HAB management and response. The
PCMHAB program funds research to move promising HAB technologies from development, to demonstration, and finally application, culminating in wide spread use.
We also fund socioeconomic research, assessing societal impacts of
HAB events at local scales, impact of HAB events on coastal economies, and the costs and benefits of mitigation strategies to aid managers in devising cost-effective management strategies.
Benefits to the public include healthier fisheries and ecosystems, fewer impacts of blooms on humans and the environment, and reductions in nuisance or harmful algae. PCMHAB is authorized as a national competitive research program within
NOAA under HABHRCA.
Field projects to develop methods of controlling HABs must comply with guidelines developed through the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). A Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA) lays out the types of field research and demonstration projects that can be conducted through the PCMHAB program for the next five years. The PEA also describes limitations, monitoring, and requirements associated with field demonstration.
Funding announcements for PCMHAB, as well as
NCCOS's other national competitive HAB
programs (ECOHAB and MERHAB), are issued on a rotating regional basis.