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NCCOS Staff Support Regional Science Conference

Scientists from NCCOS’s Center for Coastal Environmental Health and Biomolecular Research helped lead the annual meeting of the Carolinas Chapter of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) last month in Raleigh, N.C. SETAC is a global professional organization with regional chapters located throughout the U.S. The organization’s meetings provide a forum where scientists, managers, […]

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NCCOS, Partners Improve Aquaculture Siting and Production in Puget Sound

NCCOS and partners are using computer modeling to determine the carrying capacity for shellfish aquaculture—and the related potential for nutrient removal—in South Puget Sound. The team’s methodologies and guidelines will be used to inform marine spatial planning activities locally and throughout the U.S., promoting sustainable shellfish aquaculture and providing a framework for addressing issues that commonly lead […]

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NOAA Supports 2015 Middle School Career Fair

NCCOS scientist Marie DeLorenzo represented NOAA at last month’s Fort Johnson Middle School Career Fair in Charleston, SC. Approximately 525 students from grades 6 to 8 participated in the career fair, which featured 30 different local agencies and companies from government, industry, and academic sectors. Students were expected to talk to the professionals at booths they […]

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NOAA, Partners Will Use Satellites to Protect Public from Harmful Freshwater Algal Blooms

NOAA has partnered with NASA, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Geological Survey to transform satellite data designed to probe ocean biology into information that will help protect the American public from harmful freshwater algal blooms. Harmful algal blooms are a worldwide environmental problem, costing millions of dollars annually. These toxic events threaten […]

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Reef Fish Movements Tracked in USVI Monument to Assess Boundary Effectiveness

NCCOS and National Park Service (NPS) researchers are evaluating the boundaries of the Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument in Coral Bay, St. John relative to the home range of reef fish that the monument was conceived, in part, to protect. The team has tracked reef fish movements using surgically implanted acoustic transmitters and an […]

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NCCOS Collaboration Explores Previously Unmapped Seafloor Habitats of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary

Well over 50 percent of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary seafloor has yet to be mapped or characterized at a level suitable for resource management. Recently on board the NOAA ship Bell M. Shimada, NCCOS and partners worked to reduce that number. On this mission, 82 square miles were mapped and identified as priority […]

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NCCOS Supports NERRS System-wide Education Assessment

Working toward a national assessment of the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) K-12 Estuary Education Program (KEEP), NCCOS scientists, in partnership with the Office of Coastal Management and The College of Charleston, provided critical social science expertise to assist in the development and evaluation of the educational program offerings at the NERRS.  From 2009 […]

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Entangled Bottlenose Dolphin Calf Rescued in Florida

An NCCOS researcher working with National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and regional organizations rescued a bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) calf with monofilament fishing line wound about the tip of its rostrum near Lakewood Park, FL. The entanglement was first reported in mid-January, but as the calf grew the line cut deeper into its rostrum.  NMFS, in consultation […]

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