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NCCOS Staff Member Advises Fishery Management Council on Coral Conservation Issues

On May 7-8, 2013, NCCOS participated in meetings with the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s Coral Advisory Panel in Charleston, SC.  Discussions and recommendations were made to the Council on a proposal to list up to 82 reef-building coral species under the Endangered Species Act; coral nursery restoration work; and review of an amendment to […]

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New Manual for Lionfish Control Identifies Strategies for Local Intervention

Recognizing the urgency to develop clear guidance on reducing the burgeoning lionfish population, NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science allied with experts from around the Caribbean to provide a reference for anyone planning to develop a local control strategy. This free manual, Invasive Lionfish: A Guide to Control and Management (PDF), is aimed at resource […]

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Graduate Student to Research Historical Dolphin Health Indicators

College of Charleston Master’s student, Sarah Baxter, under the direction of a scientist from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, Dr. Leslie Hart, was one of two students recently awarded the Master of Environmental Studies Graduate Assistantship for student research and travel. Sarah’s research will use historic photographic data to estimate the prevalence of skin lesions among […]

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Sanctuary’s Open and Closed Fishing Areas Compared to Test Policy Effectiveness

Scientists from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science are comparing several areas of Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary to help Sanctuary officials differentiate changes to fish populations due to natural events, or whether the changes derive from human activities. The multi-agency research cruise runs from May 27 – June 9, 2012. The researchers gather data […]

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Research Reserve Study Reveals Signs of Chemical Contamination

Scientists have discovered evidence that contaminants from a Superfund site have made their way into samples collected in the Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve, 25 miles away. The researchers, from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, found the signature of a specific type of polychlorinated biphenyl (commonly known as PCBs) that looks chemically […]

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Study reveals link between dolphin skin disease and climatic factors

Skin lesions on coastal dolphins are associated with water that’s colder and has lower salinity, say researchers at the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science. They analyzed photographs collected during routine monitoring studies of dolphins in estuaries and coastal waters of South Carolina, Georgia and Florida and found that in all three sites, the prevalence of skin lesions […]

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Rise in Asian Tiger Shrimp sightings prompts scientific look at invasion concerns | NOAA Press Release

The recent rise in sightings of non-native Asian tiger shrimp off the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coasts has government scientists working to determine the cause of the increase and the possible consequences for native fish and seafood in those waters. Researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are […]

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FIS – Worldnews – Another sanctuary to become research area: NOAA

The southern third of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) 22-sqmi Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary off the Georgia coast was designated a research area, where scientists can study how human activities and natural processes affect the sanctuary’s marine resources. The new designation will take effect after a 45-day Congressional review. This new research […]

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