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Welcome to the official ORHAB website.
The ORHAB project is bringing knowledge to the local communities on the Olympic peninsula of the Washington State coast, empowering the tribes and state managers to make scientifically-based decisions about managing and mitigating harmful algal bloom (HAB) impacts on coastal fishery resources.

The ORHAB Partnership was formed in June 1999 by local residents and coastal communities' in response to seemingly random closures of the shellfisheries due to outbreaks of marine biotoxins (Paralytic Shellfish Poison, PSP) and domoic acid contamination of razor clams. It became clear that in order to manage these outbreaks there was a need to better understand underlying dynamics of these disruptive HAB events. These research efforts, made possible by federal funding from NOAA, have been underway since the summer of 2000.

To find out more about ORHAB and HABs, please visit the navigation bar on the left.

The ORHAB website was originally created by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Seattle, Washington. The website is currently hosted and maintained by the University of Washington School of Environmental and Forest Sciences and the Olympic Natural Resources Center.


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