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2014 Nancy Foster Mission: Gliding Through Coral Reefs

Notes from the scientific expedition team currently aboard the NOAA Ship Nancy Foster (March 15–April 3): Spawning aggregations of reef fish in the Caribbean could be considered some of the best studied aggregations in U.S. territorial waters. But what we know about spawning aggregations is largely concentrated around a few locations in the Caribbean, particularly Grammanik […]

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Improving Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning Response in Alaska

Harmful algal blooms, particularly those that cause paralytic shellfish poisoning, pose a threat to human health, food security, and the economy of local communities in Alaska. There is a need for greater understanding of these blooms by community members and for the development of an effective and integrated monitoring system. To meet these needs, NCCOS […]

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2014 Nancy Foster Mission: Filling Data Gaps

Notes from the scientific expedition team currently aboard the NOAA Ship Nancy Foster (March 15–April 3): The United States Virgin Islands are home to a historic and extensive fishery, but overfishing throughout the 1970s and early 1980s has depleted numerous stocks of once abundant fish—most notably, the Nassau Grouper (Epinephelus straitus). Nassau Grouper form large spawning […]

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Environmental Conditions Can Influence Development of Dermo Disease in Oysters

A recent NCCOS-sponsored study by the Smithsonian Institution showed that long-term exposure to daily fluctuations of hypoxia (low dissolved oxygen) increased Dermo disease (Perkinsus marinus) infection in previously uninfected eastern oysters. Surprisingly, daily-cycling pH (a measure of acidity) did not affect Dermo disease infection levels in conjunction with daily-cycling hypoxia or with continuous normal oxygen […]

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NOAA Names Mary Erickson New Director of National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science

Mary Erickson has accepted the position of director for the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS). Ms. Erickson brings a unique combination of technical experience and management savvy to the job. For almost 30 years, she has focused on successfully moving research and development to operations. As acting director of NCCOS from April to […]

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Ocean Discoveries: 2014 Nancy Foster Sea Floor Mapping Mission Overview

A team of scientists from NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) and partner organizations has set sail for a three-week (March 15–April 3) expedition aboard the NOAA Ship Nancy Foster to map and study the sea floor and fish distributions off the northeast and southern coasts of  St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. These high-priority areas were […]

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Galveston Bay Closed to Oyster Harvesting After Scientists Detect Toxic Algal Bloom

The Texas Department of State Health Services is temporarily closing all of the Galveston Bay system to the harvesting of oysters, clams, and mussels because of elevated levels of an alga that can produce a toxin in some shellfish. NCCOS-funded scientists at Texas A&M University detected the harmful algal bloom and notified the state agency, […]

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Identifying Origin and Mechanism of Texas Red Tide

A study funded by the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science has tentatively identified the source and control mechanism of red tides (Karenia brevis) along the Texas coast. The research, led by Texas A&M University, incorporates a suite of linked models (e.g., biological–physical), combined with data from drifting sensors, satellites, and an automated underwater microscope […]

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