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Harmful algal blooms (HABs) are due to proliferations of algae that can have devastating ecological and economic impacts in the world's oceans. They occur throughout the world, and their distribution globally has been expanding, from a few isolated coasts several hundred years ago to virtually all areas of the coastline. Impacts of these events can include contamination of seafood with toxins; fish, shellfish mamma, or bird kills; and altered marine ecosystems through changes in water quality and light penetration. Most dramatically; these events can induce human illness, leading to public demand for effective management of these bloom taxa. The study of their ecology and the factors that impact their development and toxin expression in Europe and in the US is the subject of this initiative for the EU-US Programme on Harmful Algal Blooms. It was funded by the EC Environment and Sustainable Development Programme and the US National Science Foundation.

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Authors: No author stated, European Commission, DG Research, Brussels (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 20578 EN (2003), 57pp. Euro: 15
Availability: EUR-OP reference: KI-NA-20578-EN-C Available from EUR-OP sales agents URL:
ISBN: ISBN: 92-894-5700-7
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