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Evidence of Climate-related Algal Community Shifts off North Carolina

At least seven species of marine algae previously restricted to more tropical waters have expanded their range northward to the temperate reefs off North Carolina. Reports of seven other new algae species are under investigation to determine if they also represent a tropical shift in North Carolina’s algal flora. Researchers from the National Centers for […]

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Ocean Gliders Will Listen for Fish Spawning Aggregations Along Southeast U.S. Coast and Caribbean

NEW!!!  Follow the glider in real-time (in left panel select USF-BASS Glider at bottom) and see the ocean currents (Google Earth required) that the glider is using to travel the coast. Two autonomous ocean gliders will travel the waters of the western North Atlantic in March 2014 with a common goal: to detect hotspots of reef fish […]

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Working with State to Document First Occurrence of Harmful Karenia mikimotoi Algae in Alaskan Waters

Starting in late Sept. 2013, a bloom of the phytoplankton Karenia mikimotoi began, progressed, and ultimately covered most of Kachemak Bay, Alaska. The bloom caused the water to turn brown and foam at the surface for several weeks, causing concern in local communities. In response, the Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve and the NCCOS […]

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Partnership with Scottish Coastal Managers Enhances Planning Tools for Marine Aquaculture

The Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) and the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) recently hosted NCCOS researchers at a series of meetings to exchange ideas and demonstrate the latest coastal planning and environmental assessment tools for marine aquaculture. The Scots have developed modeling tools to simulate coastal aquaculture environmental interactions, focusing on localized effects […]

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NCCOS Expertise Featured in North Carolina Water Quality Education Video

A new educational video features NCCOS scientists describing the importance of water quality in North Carolina estuaries for coastal ecology, human health, food supply, and the state’s economy. Bordered by the famed Outer Banks, North Carolina’s estuaries are home to biologically rich and diverse coastal habitats and productive fisheries. NCCOS scientists from the Center for […]

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NCCOS Helps Colombia Develop Eco-friendly Aquaculture Plan For Caribbean MPA

Commercial and artisanal fishermen of the Colombian islands of the San Andres archipelago were directly affected by the recent International Court of Justice ruling that shifted maritime borders between Colombia and Nicaragua, cutting off access to traditional fishing grounds. As a result, a new effort to develop ecologically responsible aquaculture on the islands is underway, […]

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Marine Cage Aquaculture Report Addresses Environmental Concerns

Over 50 percent of seafood production globally comes from aquaculture. While technological innovation has made it possible to grow food in the coastal and open ocean, managers must weigh economic and food security benefits against environmental risks. A report, Marine Cage Culture and the Environment: Twenty-First Century Science Informing a Sustainable Industry, developed by the […]

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New Lionfish Bioenergetics Model Predicts Impacts to Reef Biodiversity

NCCOS researchers have developed a new model to forecast the impacts of invasive lionfish consumption on Atlantic reefs. The model, published in Transactions of the American Fisheries Society, uses ambient water temperature and various physiological parameters to predict the energetic demands of lionfish populations. The model has been used to calculate the total number of […]

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