The Aquaculture Phytoplankton Monitoring Network (AQPMN) is currently recruiting shellfish aquaculture farms and organizations along the Gulf Coast to participate in their volunteer-based network. Participating hatcheries and growers will receive training on methods to collect and identify local phytoplankton and potential HAB species. Additionally, NOAA will provide all supplies required for program participation,  including plankton nets, thermometers, salt refractometers and digital microscopes free of charge. For additional information, see the attached East Coast Shellfish Growers Association newsletter article here. Contact Nia Rene, AQPMN Coordinator, at to join the network.