Massachusetts Department of Public Health holds virtual Harmful Algal Bloom Workshop May 17

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) will be hosting a virtual half-day Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) workshop on May 17th, 2023, from 9 am – 1 pm. This workshop will include an opportunity to engage colleagues and experts with presenters from local, state and federal agencies on the best practices for monitoring and responding to blooms. The workshop agenda is included below. Please feel free to contact the DPH Environmental Toxicology Program at with questions or for more information.

Registration for this workshop is free. To register for the event, please use the following link:

Please note: After registering, attendees will receive an email with the calendar event and link to join the webinar. This can sometimes get caught in one’s junk mail filters, so please make sure to check all inbox folders, including junk, if you do not receive a confirmation email after registering.


9:00 – 9:15 a.m.: Welcome and Introduction, Marc Nascarella, MA Department of Public Health

9:15 – 10:00 a.m. Keynote Technical Presentation, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute
Speakers: Neel Aluruand, Mark Hahn

10:00 – 10:30 a.m.: Effective Collaborations/Local Partnerships, Mashpee Department of Natural Resources
Speaker: Ashley Fisher

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.: Break 10:30 – 10:45
10:45 – 12:00 p.m.: State/Federal Agency Presentations, National Park Service (NPS), Cape Cod National Seashore
Speaker: Sophia Fox

MA Department of Public Health (DPH), Bureau of Environmental Health
Speaker: Irena Draksic

12:00 – 12:15 p.m.: Break

12:15 – 1:00 p.m. Panel Discussion on HAB mitigation strategies
Moderator: Logan Bailey, MA Department of Public Health
Speakers: Ken Wagner, Water Resource Services
Max Rome, Charles River Floating Wetland
Donald Williams, Herring Pond Watershed Association

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