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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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Invasive Lionfish Now Found at Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary Potentially Impacting Ecology and Management

The invasive lionfish (Pterois volitans), a native to the Indo-Pacific, has continued its expansion along the Atlantic coast of the U.S. and has now been found farther inshore in Georgia waters than previously observed. Two adult size individuals were observed September 23 and 24 during bottom surveys at Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary (GRNMS) located […]

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Assessment to Improve Marine Debris Removal and Monitoring Efforts in Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary

Scientists from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS), in collaboration with NOAA’s Marine Debris Program and Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary (GRNMS), completed a field mission September 23-24, which will improve debris removal and monitoring efforts within GRNMS. The purpose of this mission was to characterize the types, abundance, and accumulation rates of […]

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Sources and Distribution of Marine Debris to Improve Removal Efforts at Gray’s Reef

As part of the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) and National Marine Sanctuary Program’s Long-Term Agreement, NCCOS scientists conducted an initial characterization of Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary (GRNMS) to refine models predicting the density of debris and improve future monitoring and removal efforts. Based on these results, NCCOS and GRNMS staff have […]

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Lionfish Discovered along the South Atlantic Coast: A Curiosity … or a Wake up Call?

Local divers off the coast of North Carolina were not expecting to see what they found on that August day in 2002: exotic and beautiful lionfish, common to the warm waters of the western Pacific but non-native and unknown off the Carolina coast. A year later, scientists from NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science […]

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