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Connecting Students with NOAA Coral Reef Scientists

Thousands of students recently connected with NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program team members through two interactive webcasts. This NOAA Reef Smart collaboration with JASON Learning linked the science fundamentals kids are learning in school to real-life applications of coral reef science and future careers in science, technology, engineering, and math. The webcasts consisted of video, […]

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New Research in the Gulf of Maine Improves Red Tide Forecasting

Scientists from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science recently teamed with sponsored partners to collect sediment samples in the Gulf of Maine needed to find cysts of the harmful algae Alexandrium fundyense. The data collection took place on Nov. 6–11 aboard NOAA’s research ship Okeanos Explorer—the first time a NOAA ship has been used […]

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Identifying Potential Effects of Land-based Pollution on Corals in St. Croix East End Marine Park

NCCOS has released a new study—“Land-Sea Characterization of the St. Croix East End Marine Park”—that highlights the potential influence of land-based pollution on nearshore coral reef ecosystems and documents the diversity, condition, and composition of biological communities within the park. The findings support local management priority setting for conservation of coral reef ecosystems by identifying and […]

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International MMA Managers Rely on NCCOS Study to Protect Coral Reefs in the Samoan Archipelago

NCCOS’s Biogeographic Assessment of the Samoan Archipelago served as the basis of some workshop activities at the “Two Samoas Reef Resilience Workshop for Marine Managed Area Practitioners” held recently in Pago Pago, American Samoa. Representatives from the Samoan and American Samoan governments, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National […]

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NCCOS Products Inform Routing Alternatives for Undersea Energy Cable in Hawaii

A renewable energy transmission company is using NCCOS products to help assess routing alternatives for a proposed undersea energy transmission cable into Maalaea Bay, Maui. The requested products predict the distribution of light-dependent “mesophotic” corals that live off the coast of Maui and could potentially be threatened by an undersea energy transmission cable system. The […]

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NCCOS Scientists Conduct a Bioeffects Assessment in Bristol Bay, Alaska

Scientists from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) traveled to Dillingham, Alaska on September 17–24 to collect sediments for contaminant analysis and toxicity testing, and fish tissue for histology and body burden analysis. They also conducted benthic community surveys to characterize baseline contaminant conditions in the near-shore and coastal waters of Nushagak and […]

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Stakeholders Provide Input on Future of National Status and Trends Program’s Mussel Watch Monitoring

The National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) convened a panel for a one-day meeting on September 17 to provide perspectives on the utility of Mussel Watch data and potential future program directions. Twelve representatives from National Ocean Service program offices, other federal agencies, regional monitoring programs, and academia were briefed on the current NCCOS […]

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NCCOS Scientists Assess Pollution Impacts on Corals in Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands

From August 25 to August 31, NCCOS scientists will conduct field work offshore of Tinian, an island in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), a U.S. territory. This research will assess the extent and magnitude of pollution stressors and their effects on coral reefs. Working in collaboration with the CNMI Division of Environmental […]

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