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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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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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