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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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Wave and Current Sensors Deployed to Enhance Reef Recovery in Puerto Rico

Researchers have deployed five oceanographic moorings on the coastal shelf off of Guayanilla, Puerto Rico, equipped with high-precision instrumentation to measure currents and waves. The data collected by the instruments will be used to fine tune models that are used to forecast coral reef recovery after large-scale disturbances, such as vessel groundings and hurricanes. Previous […]

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Volunteers Enhance the Living Shoreline of Rachel Carson National Estuarine Research Reserve

A group of enthusiastic volunteers helped plant Spartina alterniflora, or salt marsh cordgrass, at the Rachel Carson Reserve, a component of the North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve in Beaufort, N.C. The June 2014 planting event was part of a living shoreline demonstration project led by researchers from the reserve and NOAA’s National Centers for […]

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