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Mercury Levels in the Gulf of Mexico Quantified in NOAA Report

On August 29, researchers at the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) published an analysis of NOAA Mussel Watch Program contaminant monitoring data for mercury and methylmercury levels and distributions around the Gulf of Mexico. Data gathered from oyster and sediment samples from Texas to Florida revealed relatively elevated mercury concentrations (hotspots) in the […]

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Dead Zones, Sea Level, Algae Blooms and Restoration Focus of Gulf Gathering

The importance of the Gulf of Mexico to the US economy is significant. The National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science has invested over $66M in public funds for research into harmful algal blooms, nutrient over-enrichment contributions to hypoxia, ecological effects of sea level rise (EESLR), and coral reefs in the Gulf of Mexico since 1990. […]

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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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Growing Asian Tiger Shrimp Population in U.S. Waters Prompts Call for Scientific Assessment

Echoing the alarm sounded in the early 2000s about increasing numbers of lionfish off the East Coast, NOAA scientists are warning that another species – the Asian tiger shrimp – may be invading our shores. Like any invasive species that finds itself in favorable conditions, tiger shrimp can compete with native species for food and […]

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Threat to Common Gulf of Mexico Fish Stir Fears of a Domino Effect

Atlantic croaker, one of the most abundant fish in the Gulf of Mexico, are starting to exhibit changes that appear to be related to the massive summer “Dead Zone.” A NOAA-sponsored study found croakers exposed to low oxygen for as few as 10 weeks underwent hormonal alterations that transformed some of their female reproductive tissue […]

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Experts Evaluate “Indicators of Well-being” Needed to Monitor Communities Impacted by the Deepwater Horizon Disaster

Monitoring the well-being of communities that depend on our oceans and coasts can indicate whether environmental conditions are enhancing or degrading quality of life for coastal residents.  In the case of an industrial disaster, such as the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, monitoring well-being can also provide a roadmap for community […]

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Mussel Watch Program Provides Context for Post-hurricane Assessment

Scientists from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science presented a poster displaying results from over 20 years of contaminant monitoring in U.S. coastal waters that were used to characterize changes that occurred as a result of Hurricane Katrina, and to put the overall multi-agency post hurricane assessment effort into perspective. The poster detailed the […]

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