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NCCOS Hollings Scholar Wins Best Presentation Award

Emily Wallingford, a rising senior at the University of Hawaii at Hilo and a 2015 Hollings Scholar at NOAA’s Beaufort Laboratory, won the best oral presentation award at the 2015 Hollings Symposium on July 27–30. Wallingford’s presentation, “Development of lionfish aggregating devices (LADs) for use as a large-scale control technique,” reported on her research of […]

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The Swiss Army Knife of Missions: Buoys, CHiRP, Drop Cameras, and MBES

An intern blog by Erika Koontz ‘17, Washington College. During the third week of July, I set sail on the NOAA Ship Nancy Foster with scientists from NOAA’s Beaufort lab, Coastal Carolina University (CCU), and Cape Fear Community College (CFCC) for leg two of a project to map essential fish habitat in the Southeast U.S. in support of offshore planning […]

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NOAA Hollings Scholars Research Oil Spill Dispersants

NOAA Hollings Scholars Charlotte Eckmann (University of South Carolina) and Pamela Betancourt (Florida State University) spent their summer at the NCCOS laboratory in Charleston, South Carolina researching the effects of oil spill dispersants on estuarine shrimp. Eckmann compared dispersant toxicity under different salinities, while Betancourt investigated dispersant effects on shrimp development. Their findings will be used […]

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Hardened Shorelines Make it Hard for Submerged Aquatic Vegetation

A recent NCCOS-funded study found that shoreline hardening, particularly riprap, has a negative effect on the abundance of submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV). Riprap, which is made up of rocks and boulders piled along the shoreline, is commonly used to prevent shoreline erosion, but once installed, alters the natural processes and composition of the land–sea interface. The […]

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SONAR Data Supports Policy Decision Making in Near Real-Time

NCCOS scientists aboard the NOAA ship Nancy Foster provided near real-time mapping data to the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council as they considered designating a new special management zone to protect spawning deep-water snapper and grouper.  The mapping data provided to the Council, less than 24 hours after the request came in, allowed the Council […]

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Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone Larger than Predicted After Heavy June Rains

Scientists supported by NOAA NCCOS, EPA and the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative have mapped the size of the 2015 Gulf of Mexico low-oxygen dead zone. The areal extent of hypoxia measures approximately 6,474 square miles, about the size of Connecticut and Massachusetts combined, exceeding the prediction from June. Nutrient run off from agricultural and other human […]

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