Water Quality, HABs, Microplastics

Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) in Frenchman Bay

Taylor Bailey (PhD) and her advisor Lauren Ross (PI) are working with USGS researchers and the Maine Department of Marine Resources to improve our understanding of the water quality and hydrodynamic conditions that lead to pseudo-nitzschia blooms in coastal and estuarine waters in Frenchman and Blue Hill Bays on the coast of Maine. These toxic diatoms can lead to domoic acid buildup in shellfish and can cause Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning (ASP) in humans that ingest the contaminated shellfish. The WPES team is collecting samples of currents, nutrients, salinity, temperature, pseudo-nitzschia cells, domoic acid, and other parameters in 2021, 2022 and 2023. They are coupling these field samples with high resolution, three-dimensional numerical models to understand and forecast pseudo-nitzschia transport around the Bays.