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A workshop held in April 2008 constituted the first tangible step towards a statewide HAB monitoring and alert network. The workshop participants included the leading HAB researchers in California, and a wide variety of interests such as water quality management, shellfish management related to public health, animal rescue communities, universities, state and local agencies. These participants strongly agreed that there was a need for coordinated HAB alert system, and formed the California Harmful Algal Bloom Monitoring and Alert Network.

Regional Workshop for HABs in California Coastal Waters: Workshop Proceedings 2008, 2010.

Goals of CalHABMAP:

  • Design a HAB network that will meet the needs of, and be accesible to, all HAB stakeholders.
  • Create a centralized web location where all HAB data and predictive information can be visualized and accessed by all HAB stakeholder groups throughout the state.
  • Conduct an economic analysis to determine the potential impacts of HABs to California coastal economies. Recently, EPA estimated the impact of HABs on the UC economy to be over $40 million each year.
  • Conduct a comparison of analytical methods for toxin analysis and harmful algae identification and enumeration, in order to combine and compare datasets collected throughout California.
  • Collaborate with the Water Quality Monitoring Council to ensure that HAB information and data is included in and accessible from water quality websites.

Participants and Sampling Locations

Click here for a list of researchers and participants

There are 12 active sampling locations in California and Mexico. Weekly updates from the following locations are circulated through the CalHABMAP listserve.

Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz
Monterey Municipal Wharf, Monterey
Stern's Wharf, Santa Barbara
Goleta Pier, Goleta
Gaviota Pier, Gavoita
Cal Poly Pier, San Luis Obispo
Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica
Newport Pier, Newport
Scripps Pier, La Jolla
Coronado Islands, Baja, Mexico
Salsipuedes Bay, Baja, Mexico
Todos Santos Bay, Baja, Mexico