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Making Waves: Powerful Fish-Killing Toxin May Lead to Human Health Benefits (Episode 36)

In 2002, a mysterious disease began killing fish at a commercial aquaculture facility in North Carolina. Lots of fish. Over 21,000 striped bass died during the outbreak. At the time, no one knew what caused this massive fish kill. Why did it happen? Would it happen again? We now know that the culprit behind the […]

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Phytoplankton Toxin Kills Cancer Cells

A National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science scientist and partners  have identified and characterized a powerful fish-killing toxin that has cancer-killing properties. Laboratory tests indicate that even low concentrations of euglenophycin led to a significant decrease in cancer cell growth, and can kill cancer cells.  Preliminary studies show the toxin is highly effective against renal […]

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Managing Our Invaluable Coastal Ecosystems in a Changing Climate

Are we loving our coasts to death? Part I—Introduction and Overview Our coastal ocean ecosystems provide us inestimable ecological, recreational, and economic benefits. Our populations flock to these coastal areas, both as full–time residents and as vacationers. The notion that we as a species yearn to return to the sea is one familiar to all […]

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NOAA Reports Coastal Waters Show Decline in Contaminants: Concerns Remain with Continuing Chemical Inputs

This article was originally published on the NOAA website. NOAA scientists today released a 20-year study showing that environmental laws enacted in the 1970s are having a positive effect on reducing overall contaminant levels in coastal waters of the U.S.  However, the report points to continuing concerns with elevated levels of metals and organic contaminants […]

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Director Rob Magnien Discusses the Challenges of Using Biofuels to Produce Energy

Robert Magnien, Ph.D. is a director at NCCOS in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. His office has led NOAA’s involvement with the Mississippi River/Gulf of Mexico Watershed Nutrient Hypoxia Task Force, the goal of which is to reduce the current “dead zone” in the northern Gulf of Mexico to less than 5,000 square kilometers […]

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Wildlife Protection Law Training Underscores Value of Marine Forensic Analyses

National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) researchers collaborated with attorneys and federal agents to study how the forensics capabilities at NCCOS are applied to uphold U.S. wildlife protection laws. Training provided in legal interpretation of the Endangered Species Act, Marine Mammal Protection Act, and Lacey Act will greatly enhance our application of molecular forensics […]

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