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NOAA Supports 2014 SeaPerch Challenge

NCCOS scientists provided scientific support in the 2014 SeaPerch Challenge by serving as judges in the Charleston, S.C. competition on April 9, 2014. 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 of […]

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New Assay Rapidly Detects Pathogens in Marine Mammals

A three-year project by NCCOS scientists has culminated in a reliable tool for rapid detection of pathogenic Brucella bacteria in clinical samples from marine mammals. Rapid detection of these pathogens in marine mammals has been difficult ever since Brucella infections were first recognized in marine mammals in the 1990s. Brucellosis, a Brucella-based reproductive disease, is […]

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Marine Life in Gulf of Mexico Face Multiple Challenges

By Maggie Broadwater, Guest Blogger from NOAA’s Harmful Algal Bloom Analytical Response Team. Animals living in coastal waters can face a number of environmental stressors—both from nature and from humans—which, in turn, may have compounding effects. This may be the case for marine life in the Gulf of Mexico, which experience both oil spills and the […]

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Texas Alerted to Toxic Pseudo-nitzschia Bloom in Galveston Bay

Volunteers with NOAA’s Phytoplankton Monitoring Network have reported a bloom of the diatom, Pseudo-nitzschia in Galveston Bay, Texas, and NOAA’s Analytical Response Team has confirmed that the bloom is producing domoic acid, a neurotoxin that can cause amnesiac shellfish poisoning. State managers of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Texas Department of State Health […]

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NCCOS-developed Method for Toxins Detection Approved for Regulatory Testing of Shellfish in the U.S

Earlier this year, the Interstate Shellfish Sanitation Conference (ISSC) approved a new assay developed by the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) as an official method for identifying toxicity that could result in paralytic shellfish poisoning. This approval is the culmination of more than a decade of effort to find an alternative to live animal […]

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Changes in Climate Could Make Pesticides More Toxic to Estuarine Organisms

During a recent climate webinar offered as part of the NOAA Science Day seminar series, NCCOS’s Marie DeLorenzo explained how changing climate variables may influence pesticide toxicity in the coastal zone. Pesticides enter estuarine waters via runoff and drift from agricultural, turf grass, home and garden, and mosquito control applications. DeLorenzo tested adult and larval […]

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NCCOS Research Featured in EPA Webinar Series on Inland Harmful Algal Blooms

On Jan. 14, NCCOS researchers Steve Morton and Rick Stumpf were featured speakers at an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) webinar focused on inland harmful algal blooms. The event was part of an EPA webinar series intended to build awareness about the effects of nutrient pollution and harmful algal blooms on the environment. Dr. Morton provided […]

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Sunscreen Chemical Threatens Coral Reefs

Researchers from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) and their partners have discovered that a sunscreen chemical commonly used in many soaps, cosmetics, and body fragrances is highly toxic to the larvae of the coral Stylophora pistillata. The team’s data show that even very low concentrations of benzophenone-2 (BP-2) can quickly kill juvenile […]

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