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NCCOS Research Transitions GrouperChek to Commercialization

Is this really grouper that I am eating? In order to answer this question, NCCOS sponsored scientists at the University of South Florida (USF) developed and patented a quick identification device for commercially important grouper species. A technological offshoot from a portable red tide detection sensor, the apparatus checks for mislabeled “grouper” fish sold at restaurants […]

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New Coral Area Discovered in 2014 in the Gulf of Mexico is Two Times Larger than Previously Thought

Preliminary results from the fourth and final Coral Ecosystem Connectivity expedition (22 August – 4 September 2015) to Pulley Ridge (off the southwest coast of Florida) show the new coral area discovered in 2014 is two times larger than previously thought. Pulley Ridge, the deepest photosynthetic reef off the continental U.S., is one of the […]

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NOAA and Navy Investigate Seasonal Cetacean Distribution In and Around St. Andrew Bay, Fla.

NCCOS researchers recently completed field work to identify the seasonal distribution and abundance of cetacean species in proximity to the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Panama City, Fla. The study—a collaboration among NCCOS, NOAA Fisheries, and the U.S. Navy—will examine whether cetacean distribution is correlated with particular environmental parameters or habitat types, which could aid future […]

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NCCOS Sponsors 20 New Research Projects

NCCOS awarded nearly $4.5 million in new research grants while maintaining sponsorship of 42 continuing projects during 2015 for a total of $8.2 million in funding for innovative research. All of the endeavors address significant and complex coastal issues. The projects were selected using a rigorous, competitive, and peer-review process. The cutting-edge research will provide critical […]

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Toxic Algae and Their Seaweed Hosts May Predict Ciguatera Fish Poisoning

New research shows that different Caribbean species of Gambierdiscus—the microscopic marine algae most often associated with ciguatera fish poisoning (CFP)—demonstrate different growth and attachment behaviors with different coral reef seaweed hosts. The findings are helping researchers understand how ciguatoxin moves through the food web, information which, in turn, could be used to improve reef sampling and monitoring […]

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NCCOS, Partners Evaluate Using Oysters to Improve Water Quality in Oyster Bay, Fla.

Earlier this month, NCCOS and partners kicked off an oyster aquaculture project in Oyster Bay, Fla., that will evaluate the impact of an oyster aquaculture lease area on bay water quality. As filter feeders, oysters remove microscopic plant cells and other organic particles from the water column and have the potential to improve water quality […]

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NCCOS Community Well-being Data Now Available

In August, an NCCOS collection of community well-being data for the Gulf of Mexico went live on NOAA’s Gulf Data Atlas. The Gulf of Mexico Coastal Community Well-being Data incorporates a variety of publicly available social, economic, and environmental quantitative data collected by federal, state, and local agencies. Data is available for the coastal states […]

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NOAA Embarks on Final Expedition to Investigate Coral Ecosystem Connectivity in Gulf of Mexico

Last week, a NOAA-funded investigation of the relatively healthy deep reefs of Pulley Ridge (off the southwest coast of Florida) began its fourth and final expedition. During the two-week mission, the team will launch a remotely operated vehicle from the University of Miami’s R/V F.G. Walton Smith to photograph benthic and fish communities and collect fish […]

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