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NOAA Completes Extensive Study on Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary

A recently completed three year assessment of the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary (FGBNMS) is the first to comprehensively describe fish and benthic communities across the full depth range of the sanctuary (60-400’).  Fish and benthic community information collected by three complementary techniques were employed to collect biological information to address the potential impacts of fishing activities […]

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NOAA Facilitates Regional Consensus On Lionfish Harvesting Strategies

First reported in the 1980s, the venomous Indo-Pacific lionfish (Pterois miles and P. volitans) is widely established along the Southeast U.S. and Caribbean. Now invading the Gulf of Mexico and South America, estimates of lionfish densities indicate lionfish even surpassed some native species. Lionfish could permanently impact native reef fish communities, as they occupy the […]

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NCCOS and Partners Explore Climate-Related Thresholds and Tipping Points

Stakeholders expressed concerns related to climate thresholds and tipping points for coastal systems through a workshop held at the Hollings Marine Lab August 18-19, 2014. Representatives from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, other National Ocean Service (NOS) offices, coastal management groups, and academia discussed the application of tipping point concepts for coastal managers, and associated […]

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Atlantic Ocean Temperature Rise Could Favor Range Expansion of Invasive Lionfish and Native Species

Warming ocean temperatures could favor the expansion of the invasive Indo-Pacific Lionfish and native tropical species distributions within the Atlantic according to a recent study conducted by researchers from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, National Marine Fisheries Service, and the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. The study was conducted from 2006–2010 in temperate rocky […]

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Best Management Practices Developed for Marine Cage Aquaculture in U.S. Caribbean

Aquaculture supplies more than half of the world’s seafood, and that share is expected to grow in the coming decades. Research shows that aquaculture is sustainable if properly managed. To assist coastal managers and industry with aquaculture development planning, NOS, NMFS, and their partners have developed best management practices for marine cage culture in the […]

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The National Coral Reef Monitoring Program begins “Puerto Rico” Phase

This summer, National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) researchers began collecting data on coral reefs around the island of Puerto Rico to help local natural resource managers address coral reef management concerns as part of the National Coral Reef Monitoring Program’s “Puerto Rico phase.” This program collects standardized biological, physical, and socioeconomic monitoring data […]

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Stakeholders Meet to Develop First Marine Debris Strategy for the Southeast Region

Last month, NCCOS staff participated in the Southeast Regional Marine Debris Strategy Workshop, which brought together federal, state, academic, and NGO participants from North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia for the first time to strengthen the region’s effectiveness at addressing marine debris issues in coastal communities. Meeting at the Center for Coastal Environmental Health and […]

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New Protocol Allows Scientists to Monitor Toxic Bottom-dwelling Algae at Low Cost

Using little more than a window screen to collect algae, NCCOS scientists have developed a simple, low-cost protocol for monitoring harmful, bottom-dwelling algae in diverse marine habitats around the world. The window screens mimic natural surfaces that harbor toxic algae and allow direct comparisons of algae abundance from different locations. In a series of field […]

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