Earlier today we completed our sampling of Georges Bank. Surface live counts indicate very low Alexandrium concentrations over the entire bank, with most samples coming up zero. The only systematic pattern in the data is on the northern edge of the bank, where concentrations are consistently low, although they are at the limit of detection.
In transit between eastern Georges Bank and the western Gulf of Maine, we took the opportunity to conduct a pump profile at the FDA shellfish time-series site located on Cultivator Shoal.
Sampling of the coastal waters in Mass Bay and the western Gulf of Maine will commence shortly after midnight tonight.
-on behalf of the OC460 science party