This proposal enhanced current volunteer phytoplankton monitoring efforts in New Hampshire and Maine through the purchase of a microscope with fluorescence capabilities, which improves positive identification of Alexandrium species. The microscope specifications match those used by other volunteer monitoring groups in the region. Project end date was June 30, 2010.
A Zeiss fluorescence microscope with appropriate filter sets was purchased by the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) and provided to the Great Bay Community College (GBCC) Biology Department in July 2010 for quantitative phytoplankton volunteer monitoring of Alexandrium fundyense. During the 2011 and 2012 red tide seasons, NHDES coordinated with GBCC to collect water samples for analysis by the volunteer phytoplankton monitoring network.
In order to enhance the existing phytoplankton program in New Hampshire and develop program capacity to monitor for Pseudo-nitzschia and other species, NHDES purchased monitoring supplies and equipment in the summer and fall of 2012. A list of those supplies is included in the final report for this project. NHDES staff received training in quantitative sampling procedures by GBCC staff in spring 2011 and by Maine Department of Marine Resources (MEDMR) staff in March 2012. In the future, NHDES will continue to coordinate with GBCC staff and volunteers in order to continue to enhance the quantitative phytoplankton monitoring network in the state.
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