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Floating Bioassays: New Tool Helps Track and Assess Toxicity in Oil Spills

Studying how oil spills impact life in the open ocean is challenging for several reasons. Spills can happen suddenly, in hard-to-reach locations, and conditions in the open ocean are always changing. That’s why NOAA scientists Sarah Allan and Lisa DiPinto worked with a team to design a new tool that allows researchers to conduct toxicity tests, which are traditionally done in a laboratory, in the open ocean.

A device in water.
Last updated Tuesday, January 3, 2023 3:14pm PST