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NOAA and Partners Evaluate Oyster Nutrient Removal as Best Management Practice for the Chesapeake

Scientists from NCCOS and the Northeast Fisheries Science Center were selected by the Chesapeake Bay Program Water Quality Goal Implementation Team, along with university researchers, federal, state and local resource managers, to serve on the Oyster Best Management Practice Expert Panel. The charge to the 13 member panel, conducted by the Oyster Recovery Partnership, is […]

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NOAA and Navy Investigate Seasonal Cetacean Distribution In and Around St. Andrew Bay, Fla.

NCCOS researchers recently completed field work to identify the seasonal distribution and abundance of cetacean species in proximity to the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Panama City, Fla. The study—a collaboration among NCCOS, NOAA Fisheries, and the U.S. Navy—will examine whether cetacean distribution is correlated with particular environmental parameters or habitat types, which could aid future […]

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NOAA Joins International Coastal Cleanup, Removes 157 Pounds of Debris in North Carolina

As part of the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup last month, 18 participants from NOAA, North Carolina Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve, and Duke University Marine Laboratory removed 157 pounds of marine debris from the coastal marshes that surround Pivers Island in Beaufort, NC. Debris was cataloged according to the Ocean Conservancy guidelines and all […]

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Why Nutrient-Enriched Waters Favor Large Single-Cell Algae

Ecological studies show that bottom-up (e.g., nutrient input) and top-down (e.g., grazing/predation) pressures may change the structure of aquatic ecosystems with “cascading” effects throughout the food chain. Recent research supports that zooplankton grazing in high-nutrient waters promotes the growth of larger phytoplankton over smaller species, creating a higher abundance of these larger single celled algae within the food web. Using samples […]

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New FY 2016 Research Funding Opportunity Available for National Hypoxia Programs

NCCOS has created a funding opportunity for Fiscal Year 2016 for two, national competitive hypoxia programs: the Northern Gulf of Mexico Ecosystems and Hypoxia Assessment Program (NGOMEX), and the Coastal Hypoxia Research Program (CHRP). Applications for the funding may be submitted via the website through January 22, 2016 for the NGOMEX program and through February 5, […]

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Assessing Contamination in Faga’alu Bay, American Samoa

NCCOS, in collaboration with NOAA Coral Program partners, released a report assessing the pollution in Faga’alu Bay, American Samoa (a US Coral Reef Task Force priority watershed). Faga’alu is a focus area for significant interagency scientific assessment and management activities; NOAA’s field efforts were conducted simultaneously with USGS work in the watershed.  Surface sediment samples were […]

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