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Innovative Land Mapping Approach to be Adapted to Marine Environments for Improved Resource Management

Last week, software developer Esri and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) launched a new, international, public and private sector effort to map global ecological marine units (EMUs). The goal of the effort is to develop a statistically robust map of distinct marine environments to support marine spatial planning, resource management, and conservation. Esri and USGS recently produced a […]

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NCCOS Supports Underwater Robotics Competition for Middle and High School Students

NCCOS marine biologist Katy Chung provided scientific support to the 2015 SeaPerch Challenge by serving as a judge in the Charleston, S.C. competition last month. SeaPerch is an innovative underwater robotics program that equips teachers and students with the resources needed to build an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV). Students build the ROV from a kit […]

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International Oil Spill Conference Highlights Latest Science since Deepwater Horizon

NCCOS researchers advanced the science of oils and dispersants with several presentations at last month’s 2015 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference in Houston, Texas. The conference provided a venue for scientists to share the latest research findings in oil spill and ecosystem science—with a focus on the five years since the Deepwater […]

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Low Oxygen Conditions Increase Parasite Infections in Oysters

A study funded in part by NCCOS has found that diel-cycling hypoxia—daily cycling of high to very low oxygen levels—in shallow coastal waters increases parasite infections in eastern oysters (Crassostrea virginica). The project team tested and confirmed that diel-cycling hypoxia increases eastern oyster susceptibility to Perkinsus marinus infection, most likely by reducing the oxygen carrying capacity […]

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Assessing Future Harmful Algal Bloom Risk for Washington State

In Puget Sound, the toxic alga Alexandrium catenella threatens the health of people who eat shellfish contaminated with toxins it produces. An NCCOS Ecology and Oceanography of Harmful Algal Blooms (ECOHAB) project, Puget Sound Alexandrium Harmful Algal Blooms, annually mapped “seedbeds” of Alexandrium resting stages (cysts) at about 100 locations on the bottom throughout Puget Sound. The project […]

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NCCOS Hosts Visiting Scientists

Collaboration to Identify Ecologically Important Areas in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary NCCOS Biogeography Branch staff are working with visiting scholar Daniel Mateos-Molina, on methods to identify ecologically important areas in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Daniel is a Marie Curie fellow in a project funded by the European Commission for Monitoring Mediterranean Marine […]

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Upwelling Controls HAB Movement toward Pacific NW Coast

Models developed by NCCOS-sponsored researchers will predict the transport of harmful algal blooms (HABs) to coastal beaches or offshore from two locations off of Washington and Oregon, based on the influence of the Columbia River Plume and seasonal upwelling (displacement of surface water by cool, nutrient rich, deep water). A recent study determined that upwelling plays […]

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New Fish Farm Siting and Management Practices Reduce Water Quality Impacts

Scientists with NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) found that fish farm effects on dissolved oxygen and turbidity have been largely eliminated through better management, like using formulated feeds, minimizing feed waste, and properly siting farms in deep waters with flushing currents. The trend toward moving industrial-scale aquaculture into offshore waters is increasingly […]

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