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      NCCOS scientists necropsy pygmy killer whales to determine the cause of death. The forensics
      program specializes in DNA-based species identification of samples ranging in quality from
      fresh tissue to bone, baleen, dried fins, cooked meat, eggs, and trace evidence such as blood
      spatter, fish slime, or medicinal ingredients.
NCCOS scientists necropsy pygmy killer whales to determine the cause of death. The forensics program specializes in DNA-based species identification of samples ranging in quality from fresh tissue to bone, baleen, dried fins, cooked meat, eggs, and trace evidence such as blood spatter, fish slime, or medicinal ingredients.

Solving environmental problems requires knowledge and power. Scientists have knowledge, but typically limited authority to change behavior. Decision-makers have power, but may lack in-depth knowledge of particular problems. Linking these two groups brings knowledge together with power to make informed decisions that can drive social change.

NCCOS works directly with managers, industry, regulators, and scientists to deliver relevant, timely, and accurate scientific information and tools. View our video overview.

NCCOS was formed within the National Ocean Service (NOS) in March 1999 as the focal point for coastal ocean science. Our research areas and strategy were selected in response to Federal legislation, stakeholder input, and in concert with our scientific expertise and capabilities. We work with the NOS Coastal Ocean Science Board to identify coastal management needs and to prioritize our efforts.

NCCOS capabilities include (details are in our Centers' pages):

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If you're interested in reading more about the organization, feel free to download the NCCOS Overview document, or view our Strategic Plan.