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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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Submerged Aquatic Vegetation Monitoring Protocol Delivered to North Carolina Resource Managers

A recent assessment of submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) monitoring programs revealed a global decline in the underwater plants’ abundance even though they are recognized worldwide for their many important ecological functions such as providing essential habitat for many commercially important species of fish, shellfish, and invertebrates. North Carolina has the third largest total area of SAV between Maine […]

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Three Alumni at NOAA Have Received Presidential Award

In 1996, President Bill Clinton commissioned the National Science and Technology Council to create an award celebrating emerging researchers in the fields of science and technology at the outset of their careers. The result was the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. The PECASE award is given annually to a group of researchers […]

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Marine ecologist doesn’t let research cage him in :: Red & White for Life :: NC State University Alumni Association

James Morris ‘09 PHD spends his time plotting defenses for invasions. No, he doesn’t work for the Department for Homeland Security, and he’s not in the military. Morris, who did his doctoral work at NC State’s Center for Marine Sciences and Technology (CMAST), is an ecologist at the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science’s Center […]

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Asian tiger shrimp potential shrimp industry threat | Eyewitness News 9

An invasive species is threatening to harm North Carolina’s shrimp industry. Biologists say there are more Asian tiger shrimp in the east than ever. Last year, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) discovered 331 tiger shrimp in U.S. waters. That’s a tenfold jump from 2010. Tiger shrimp compete […]

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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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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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Boat wake model forecasts erosion consequences for the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway

A new Boat Wake Model called “BoMo” forecasts boat wakes and their effect on erosion in the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. For the first time, we used the prototype model to calculate the erosion potential of the waves associated with boat wakes. Many sections of the waterway in North Carolina are relatively protected from wind-wave events but are […]

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