Primer Helps Shellfish Industry Navigate Harmful Algal Blooms

Wendi Quidort and Katie Reece take water samples from an experiment in Sarah's Creek. ©Margaret Pizer/VASG
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Primer Helps Shellfish Industry Navigate Harmful Algal Blooms

Aerial view of the York River near Sarah’s Creek during an algal bloom. Aug. 3, 2012. ©Kimberly Reece/VIMS

Aerial view of the York River near Sarah’s Creek during an algal bloom. Aug. 3, 2012. ©Kimberly Reece/VIMS

Harmful algal blooms: Aerial view of the York River near Sarah’s Creek during an algal bloom. Aug. 3, 2012. ©Kimberly Reece/VIMS

Aerial view of the York River near Sarah’s Creek during an algal bloom on August 3, 2012. ©Kimberly Reece/VIMS

You’ve heard of UFOs, but what about HABs? A new publication aims to remove some of the mystery surrounding harmful algal blooms, especially when it comes to their effects on the shellfish industry.

VIMS Professor Kim Reece and VIMS/VASG Commercial Shellfish Aquaculture Extension Specialist Karen Hudson prepared the short HAB Primer to help shellfish growers learn more about what HABs are and how they might affect Virginia’s clams and oysters. The booklet also includes instructions for taking samples of HABs for analysis in Reece’s lab and reporting HABs and fish kills using a form on the VIMS website.

Download the Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) Primer For the Virginia Shellfish Industry from the VIMS Advisory Services website.