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Does anyone know what happened to the Virginia Costal Energy Research Consortium?? Are they still active?? Their website only has updates from 2012. If they are active, who is their main contact person??? Appreciate any leads. Thank you Charlotte

Sorry, Charlotte, but I don't know much about them. Do they have a connection to algal blooms?

The main contact for VCERC is Pat Hatcher at ODU (

Thanks very much, Todd!

Could this be contributing to Dolphin deaths?

No, I think the dolphin deaths are being caused by a virus, Tracy.

I hope that the License Plate we can purchase in Maryland for just $20 really goes into the account of "Save the Chesapeake Bay Foundation" I really hope so ......Hopeful, Donna Antonius

Thanks, Donna! We are fighting as hard as we can to save the Bay, to prevent problems like this bloom of "red tide."

Greetings from across the continent! This caught my eye as I grew up on the Bay but moved to the Pacific Northwest years ago and now work for the Yurok Tribe in NCalifornia. Last year the 'red tide'hit our ocean shores and Alexandrium peaked to highest concentrations on record- making the shellfish toxic. In Washington State, there were some deaths reported. This seems to be more than a local problem, and I propose, reflects world wide, ocean conditions. Anyway, thanks for keeping us all informed!

Thanks for the report on red tide from the West Coast, Suzanne.

I think you are right: these toxic blooms are increasingly a global problem, driven by excessive use of fertilizers and warming temperatures. We need to control phosphorus and nitrogen pollution everywhere.

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