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NOAA, partners predict an average ‘dead zone’ for Gulf of Mexico

Outlook incorporates multiple hypoxia models for first time Scientists are expecting that this year’s Gulf of Mexico hypoxic zone, also called the “dead zone,” will be approximately 5,483 square miles or about the size of Connecticut–the same as it has averaged over the last several years. The dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico affects […]

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Hypoxia Leads to Pathological, but Reversible, Changes in Fish Brains

The NCCOS sponsored project, Modeling Reproductive and Population Impacts of Hypoxia in the Northern Gulf of Mexico, led by the University of Texas at Austin, is investigating the impacts of low levels of dissolved oxygen on the brain functions of the Atlantic croaker, a common estuarine and coastal fish inhabiting the east coast of the United States. […]

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Association of Marine Lab Conference Features Caribbean Ciguatera Research

To raise awareness about a resurgence of Ciguatera Fish Poisoning (CFP) in the Caribbean and the current state of ciguatera research, NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) led a special session on ciguatera at the Association of Marine Laboratories of the Caribbean 37th Scientific Conference in Willemstad, Curaçao, during the week of May […]

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New Indicator for Gulf of Mexico Toxic Alga Shows Promise

NCCOS-sponsored scientists have discovered a simple indicator to predict one type of harmful algal species bloom or outbreak. The first potentially reliable biological indicator for forecasting a harmful algal bloom of the toxic dinoflagellate species Dinophysis ovum in the Gulf of Mexico is the presence of a primary food source, a small ciliate protozoan. The […]

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Palau Sustainable Fisheries Supported by NCCOS Science

Recent findings from research conducted in Palau show that in order to manage reef fisheries, both good water quality and an intact biological community are needed.  Their results show that fish larvae respond to both reef sounds and the smells when seeking a place to settle from open water and mature into adults. This NCCOS-supported […]

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Oceanic Continental Margin Dead Zones Emerge as Threats to Coastal Waters

Declines in oxygen levels of coastal waters have accelerated in recent decades creating “dead zones” not only in more publicized nearshore areas but in open ocean offshore regions of the continental shelves and slopes. Once treated as separate phenomena and distinct fields of study, scientists now see offshore and coastal hypoxia as interconnected, resulting in […]

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Sensor Provides Early Warning of Toxic Algal Bloom in Offshore Waters of Monterey Bay

NCCOS-developed domoic acid sensors on board two Environmental Sample Processors (ESPs) deployed in Monterey Bay, California have provided early warning of a toxic Pseudo-nitzschia algal bloom. Only a week into the deployment that began in early May, particulate domoic acid levels exceeded 30 micrograms per liter of seawater, which was consistent with the ESPs also detecting very high concentrations […]

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‘Most Notable Paper’ Awarded to NCCOS Project

A team of researchers funded by NCCOS recently won the 2015 Chandler-Misener Award for the most notable paper published in the Journal of Great Lakes Research (JGLR). The paper, “Assessing and addressing the re-eutrophication of Lake Erie: Central basin hypoxia,” synthesizes results from a long-term NCCOS project examining the causes and consequences of hypoxia (low oxygen) […]

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