Janice M. Fleischer, J.D., FLASH Resolutions, has been asked to design and facilitate the continuing joint effort of the Gulf Coast Ocean Observing System (GCOOS) and The Gulf of Mexico Alliance (GOMA) to implement a Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) Observing System for the Gulf of Mexico. A second workshop is to be held in St. Petersburg, FL, on April 21-23, 2009. The purpose of this workshop will be to “Assess what presently exists for HABs and HAB toxin monitoring/tracking, prediction, forecasting and data dissemination with an emphasis on user needs.”
At the workshop, participants will identify present observing system components and propose elements of an improved observing system, as well as defining the gaps in data and products of the diverse users of the system.
To achieve the workshop objectives, participants have been identified who currently use, or would benefit from, HAB and HAB toxin data, including representatives from organizations responsible for shellfish sanitation, beach monitoring, fisheries, endangered species, and other user groups in each of the Gulf States. In addition, representatives of relevant Federal agencies (e.g., U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Centers for Seafood Safety and Applied Nutrition) as well as Mexico have been invited and agreed to attend.
The meeting will be held at the offices of the U.S. Geological Survey, Florida Integrated Science Center, St. Petersburg, Florida. There is no charge for the workshop, but an invitation and pre-registration is required.
This workshop is the second of three workshops to develop an implementation plan for a HAB integrated observing system (HABIOS). The first workshop was designed and facilitated by Ms. Fleischer and was held in New Orleans in November of 2007. The results of that workshop are located at http://gcoos.tamu.edu/HAB.html as well as on this website and outline a strategic plan for the elements of the HABIOS with some details of implementation.
The third workshop (TBA) will develop the Implementation Plan.