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					                            The Rising Tide of Toxic Blooms

                                     November 30th, 2007

                              Room 500, 914 Capitol Mall, Sacramento
                              12:00pm – 1:30pm (Lunch will be served)

12:00-12:10: Welcome and Introduction
             Dr. Amber Mace, Executive Director, California Ocean Science Trust;
               Science Advisor, California Ocean Protection Council

12:10-12:30: Impacts of Domoic Acid on California Sea Lions: Food Chain Effects
             Dr. Frances M. D. Gulland, The Marine Mammal Center

12:30-12:50: Harmful Algal Blooms of California and Their Ecosystem Impacts
             Dr. David Caron, University of Southern California

12:50-1:30: Tools for Understanding Coastal Blooms
            Dr. John Ryan, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

Background Information
Harmful algal blooms occur naturally, but they appear to be increasing in frequency and intensity.
A massive harmful algal bloom along California’s coast in the Spring of 2007 produced record
toxin levels and caused hundreds of seabird and marine mammal deaths. NOAA estimates that
harmful algal blooms cost the nation an average $75 million every year, by incurring public health
expenses, commercial fishing closures, recreation and tourism losses, and increased management
and monitoring costs. Because of the effect that harmful algal blooms can have on human health,
sensitive ecosystems, and California’s economy, it is important to detect and predict them.

This discussion is timely as the three west coast governors are currently considering ways to
respond to harmful algal blooms, including the development and deployment of predictive tools
and strategies, as part of the draft action plan of the West Coast Governor’s Agreement on Ocean
Health.

Please join Dr. Frances Gulland, Director of Veterinary Science at The Marine Mammal Center in
Sausalito, Dr. David Caron, Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Southern
California, and Dr. John Ryan, an oceanographer at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research
Institute (MBARI) as they discuss harmful algal blooms along the California coast, including their
effects, the innovative techniques scientists use to understand them, and insights into future
directions. This session will be moderated by Dr. Amber Mace, Executive Director of the
California Ocean Science Trust and the Science Advisor to the California Ocean Protection
Council.




      Protecting California’s Ocean and Coast: Luncheon Briefings on Science and Policy

				
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