IOC Network on Harmful Algae
in North Africa
IOC- HANAIII: Thrid workshop on harmful Algal Blooms in North Africa
Casablanca, Morocco, 5-7 December 2011
IOC-HANA III: Casablanca 5-7 December 2011
IOC-HANA II: Alexandria 7-9 November 2009
The HANA network was initiated by the participants to “ The Regional Training Course on Harmful Algae” organized by IOC/UNESCO in cooperation with other international agencies in Salambo, Tunisia in December 2003. HANA was endorsed as one of the regional networks of the IOC/UNESCO Intergovernmental Panel for Harmful Algal Blooms at the seventh meeting of IPHAB in March 2005 (HANA Declaration).
The HANA region has considerable marine resources consisting among others of fish and shellfish mariculture and tourism. Economic losses are due to harmful blooms caused by the proliferation of a variety of species belonging to the bacillariophyceae, the cyanophyceae, the dinophyceae, the cryptophyceae and the prasinophyceae. In this region more than elsewhere knowledge about the processes driving the incidence of such blooms is far from satisfactory. Reports on HABs are scattered and often result from unassisted individual efforts. HANA will contribute to capacity building and encourage the exchange of information with the aim of creating a continuously updated data and metadata-base. Three types of information are being collected and will be made available at the HANA site:
The data base comprises, so far, a list of more than 150 publications. A provisional list of harmful, potentially harmful and red tide-producing species has been compiled from the publications and from the reports received. Distribution maps of the species and of the outbreaks have been attempted, although large gaps remain.
The HANA Declaration, the report of HANA 2007 Meeting, the List of Participants and Abstracts are available in the 'HANA Documents Section'.
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