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NCCOS and NMFS Partner to Survey “Unprecedented” West Coast Toxic Algal Bloom

NOAA Fisheries announced it has mobilized extra scientists to join a fisheries survey aboard the NOAA Ship Bell M. Shimada charting an extensive harmful algal bloom (HAB) that spans much of the West Coast. An NCCOS sponsored Ecology and Oceanography of Harmful Algal Blooms (ECOHAB) project in southern and central California comparing coastal HAB ‘hot spots’ analyzes water samples […]

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Toxic Pseudo-nitzschia Bloom Reported in Alaska’s Kachemak Bay

Volunteers with the NOAA’s Phytoplankton Monitoring Network reported a bloom of the diatom, Pseudo-nitzschia occurring within NOAA’s National Estuarine Research Reserve System at Kachemak Bay, AK.  NOAA’s Analytical Response Team identified the bloom as Pseudo-nitzchia australis using scanning electron microscopy and confirmed the bloom produced the neurotoxin domoic acid, after which, state managers of the […]

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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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Southern California Coastal Managers Provide Guidance for Sustainable Offshore Aquaculture Development

NOAA and partners recently convened a two-day workshop to develop a roadmap for sustainable aquaculture development in the coastal waters off Southern California. Participants developed consensus on primary environmental concerns, reviewed the regulatory framework for coastal aquaculture development, and created a coastal manager working group to guide the permitting process. The aquaculture industry in southern […]

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NOAA Supports Development of Offshore Aquaculture in Southern California

California state and federal managers are using NOAA information and tools to develop environmentally sustainable offshore finfish aquaculture in the Southern California Bight—an industry with the potential to generate $1 billion annually. NOAA’s assistance with coastal planning, models of environmental interactions and effects, and siting is helping the state address concerns over environmental impacts that have […]

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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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Research Cruise Investigates Ocean Acidification Effects on Deep Sea Coral

NCCOS, collaborating with NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, Office of Ocean Exploration Research, and Office of Coast Survey, embarked on the NOAA ship Bell M Shimada on March 13 in the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary (CINMS), conducting ROV surveys to characterize unexplored habitat and assess abundance and condition of deep sea corals in the face of climate […]

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Innovative Land Mapping Approach to be Adapted to Marine Environments for Improved Resource Management

Last week, software developer Esri and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) launched a new, international, public and private sector effort to map global ecological marine units (EMUs). The goal of the effort is to develop a statistically robust map of distinct marine environments to support marine spatial planning, resource management, and conservation. Esri and USGS recently produced a […]

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