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HAB mission and background

The S.C. Task Group on Harmful Algae was organized in 1997 as a proactive response to a Pfiesteria outbreak in Maryland. Task group members include state and federal agencies and academic institutions.

The mission of the task group is to discuss, plan, develop, and coordinate the activities of scientists, natural resource managers, communications staff, and extension personnel so that South Carolinians will be prepared in the event of a harmful algae outbreak in the state’s waterways. The role of the S.C. Task Group on Harmful Algae is to establish the steps necessary to prevent Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) from becoming an environmental and public health problem.

background and contact information

The S.C. Task Group on Harmful Algae was organized in 1997. Members include representatives from nine state and federal agencies and academic institutions across South Carolina. Goals of the task group are:

  • Identify environmental settings and sites within South Carolina that are most vulnerable to Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs).

  • Assess the risks of HABs to human health, the environment, and the economy.

  • Identify conditions that lead to the development of blooms, and offer guidance to prevent blooms from occurring in South Carolina.

  • Develop educational and training materials to inform health care workers, environmental professionals, and the public about potential risks and impacts of HABs.

  • Organize Rapid Comprehensive Response Teams for fish kills, algal blooms, and reports of human health effects. S.C. Task Group on Harmful Algae fact sheet

This Web site was made possible by a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Ocean Service.

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Susan Ferris Hill, Director of Communications  susan.ferris.hill@scseagrant.org
S.C. Sea Grant Consortium
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Charleston, SC 29401
Phone: (843) 953-2078
Fax: (843) 953-2080


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