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The California Harmful Algal Bloom Monitoring and Alert Program
(CalHABMAP) was founded in 2009, based on consensus at the state and local levels that a coordinated response network is necessary for efficient HAB mitigation, prediction and prevention.

The goal of CalHABMAP is to implement a proactive HAB alert network that will provide information on current algal blooms and facilitate information exchange among HAB researchers, managers and the general public throughout the state of California. Crucial decisions on how to respond to HAB events, how to mitigate their impacts, how to predict them and potentially how to prevent them require knowledge of their behavior and impacts.

CalHABMAP is designed to develop and communicate that knowledge.

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