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Samples from NOAA Mesophotic Coral Study Become Part of Smithsonian Collection

Last month, NCCOS Charleston staff transported a collection of 228 deep-water octocoral samples to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, Museum Support Center in Suitland, Maryland, and aided in the transfer of the samples to permanent containers. All of the samples were collected on reefs in the mesophotic zone (100–500 feet deep) in the Northern Gulf of Mexico […]

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New Aquaculture Simulation Tool Supports Coastal Planning

Public perception is often a large barrier for coastal aquaculture in the United States. Citizens are uncertain of the visual impacts and the potential conflicts with other ocean uses. The first step to address these uncertainties is to illustrate the impact on the seascape. In response, NCCOS and NOAA’s Office of Coastal Management partnered to develop […]

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Climate Patterns Influence Amount of Fecal Bacteria in Maryland Shellfish Harvest Waters

NCCOS scientists and their partners have identified a link between inter-annual patterns of precipitation and air temperature and fecal coliform levels in shellfish harvest waters in Maryland’s portion of the Chesapeake Bay. Drawing on 34 years of monitoring data (1979–2013) from the Maryland Department of the Environment, the team found that fecal coliform tended to be […]

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NOS Awards Ceremony Honors Seven NCCOS Employees

The 2015 National Ocean Service (NOS) Employee Recognition and Award Ceremony honored seven NCCOS staff members for outstanding contributions, accomplishments, and coordination efforts within NOS and NOAA. Russell Callender, Acting Assistant Administrator for NOS, and Mary Erickson, Director of NCCOS, presented the awards to the recipients. The 2015 NCCOS awardees: Employee of the Year Award […]

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U.S. Harmful Algae Symposium Highlights Latest NCCOS Research

NCCOS co-sponsored the Eighth Symposium on Harmful Algae in the United States, held this past November in Long Beach, California. The biennial event provides a forum for scientific exchange and technical communication on all aspects of harmful algal bloom (HAB) research in the U.S. NCCOS scientists, managers, and sponsored researchers led sessions on: bloom prediction, forecasting, […]

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Measuring Sunscreen Chemicals in South Carolina Coastal Waters

A recent NCCOS study in Marine Pollution Bulletin investigated the distribution of five sunscreen ingredients (oxybenzone, octocrylene, avobenzone, padimate-O, and octinoxate) measured in the coastal waters of South Carolina.  Sunscreen chemicals are increasingly used in personal care products to protect the skin from the damaging effects of UV radiation; however, laboratory studies showed that some of these chemicals […]

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Blue Carbon Potential of Living Shorelines

A recent NOAA study shows Living Shorelines are not only an excellent method of erosion control for coastal properties but also sequester carbon which increases coastal resilience. Living shorelines are a green infrastructure technique of incorporating native vegetation alone or in combination with offshore sills to stabilize the shoreline. Continued use of the living shoreline […]

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Monitoring Oregon Coastal Harmful Algae Helps Forecasting Blooms

The ongoing West Coast harmful algal bloom (HAB) highlights the need for improved regional monitoring of toxic algae in the California Current along the coasts of California, Oregon, and Washington. A first of its kind Oregon HAB monitoring and research pilot project demonstrated a viable strategy to address state management needs and fill a critical […]

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