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Coastal Ecosystem, Hypoxia and Harmful Algae Problems-Solutions Front and Center at Conference

The leading world venue for showcasing the latest research on oceans, coasts and lakes is the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography Aquatic Sciences Meeting.  The research programs sponsored by the NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) offer management solutions for harmful algae, hypoxia and regional ecosystem-scale research. At the 2013 […]

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Project Finds Fish Prefer Natural Shorelines

The U.S. benefits from a wealth of resources and activities that depend on healthy coastal habitats. However, these habitats are being degraded by extensive hardening of shorelines due to climate-driven sea level rise, increasing shoreline development, land use changes in coastal watersheds, pollution, and invasions of non-native species.  In the Mid-Atlantic region alone, coastal development […]

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Red Tide Appears Early This Summer – Southampton, NY Patch

Though no longer an uncommon occurrence each summer, a streak of red tide hit local waters as early as last week, a premature showing from the algal bloom that officials say is likely responsible for a fish kill in an Aquebogue creek. A spokesman with the Department of Environmental Conservation stated on Thursday that on […]

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Modeling Efforts Aim to Improve Chesapeake Bay Seasonal Hypoxia Forecasts

Ecological forecasts help resource managers better understand their management options, the likely effects of their decisions, and consequences of their actions.  In the Chesapeake Bay, deep portions provide more habitats for fish, shellfish and crabs.  However, during the summer, deeper waters are too dark for plants to grow and create oxygen by photosynthesis so oxygen […]

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Partnerships: Bringing Scientists and Resource Managers Together to Explore Opportunities for Using Fisheries Acoustics in the Southeast US

Underwater acoustics for mapping the water column Underwater acoustics (ie. fisheries sonars) uses sound to detect and map the presence of fish and other organisms in the water column.  An acoustic signal or ping is sent into the water column from an transducer.  The strength of the return signal is measured and is correlated to […]

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Congressional Interest in Harmful Algae and Dead Zone Bill Prompts Hearing

In June 2011, a House of Representatives subcommittee on energy and environment unveiled a bill to reauthorize research on hypoxic “dead zones” and harmful algal blooms (HABs). During a hearing on the legislation, lawmakers listened to officials from NOAA and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, experts on the Chesapeake Bay, and a scientist from the […]

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2011 New England “Red Tide” Outlook and Management Response

In April 2011 scientists from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science-funded Gulf of Maine Toxicity (GOMTOX) project issued an outlook for a moderate regional bloom of the toxic alga, Alexandrium fundyense, that can cause ‘red tides’ in the spring and summer of this year, threatening the New England shellfish industry. However, there are signs […]

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New Research Aims to Unravel How Nutrients Drive Toxic “Brown Tides”

NOAA has awarded Massachusetts-based Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution $120,000 as part of an anticipated three-year, nearly $500,000 project, to determine how nitrogen and phosphorus promote brown tides on the East Coast. Funds were awarded through the interagency Ecology and Oceanography of Harmful Algal Blooms (ECOHAB) program, represented at NOAA by the National Centers for Coastal […]

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