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July Field Mission in St. Thomas USVI Marine Reserve

On July 20-25, scientists from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) will conduct a follow-up field mission to the St. Thomas East End Reserves (STEER). The work is part of a project requested by local resource managers to develop an integrated ecosystem assessment for the STEER.  Results from contaminants assessment to be published […]

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NCCOS Contaminant Data Informs New University of Miami Medical Program on Human Health

National Center for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) personnel participated in the first meeting of the Scientific Advisory Board of a new University of Miami School of Medicine research program exploring the effects of environmental exposure to (PCBs) on the human digestive system.  The new program, “Superfund Program in Interdisciplinary Research and Integrated Training (SPIRIT)“, relies […]

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NCCOS Scientists to Conduct Field Mission in St. Thomas, USVI

In late July, scientists from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science will conduct a follow-up field mission to the St. Thomas East End Reserves (STEER), on the southeastern end of St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands. The mission is in response to local regional managers who requested an integrated ecosystem assessment of the […]

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NCCOS data informs new International Joint Commission Report on Health of Great Lakes

The International Joint Commission (IJC), an organization addressing boundary water issues between Canada and the U.S., has released its 16th Biennial Report on Great Lakes Water Quality, which includes a brief summary report based on NCCOS Mussel Watch Program (MWP) data. The IJC has chosen mussels as one of seven indicators of chemical integrity when […]

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NOAA Partners with Native Alaskans to Assess Seafood Safety

The National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) issued a report on the health of two species of salmon and shellfish commonly used for subsistence by three Native Alaskan tribes. The “Assessment of contaminant body burdens and histopathology of fish and shellfish species frequently used for subsistence food by Alaska Native communities”  was requested by several Native Alaskan tribes […]

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Toxic Turtles: Long-lasting Chemicals Could Be Harming Sea Turtles | Environmental Health News

From the moment they are born, sea turtles fight to survive. Buried alive, they dig themselves out and evade hungry crabs and birds as they crawl to the ocean, where they begin a long and treacherous migration. One out of 1,000 will survive into adulthood. And those that do will bear a toxic burden. Scientists […]

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Algae’s hunger ramps up red tide toxins | HeraldTribune.com

The mysterious red tide toxin that has killed a record number of manatees and brought countless dead fish to Southwest Florida beaches over the past few months could finally have an explanation: The algae that produce the toxin are hungry. A significant new study of the algae, Karenia Brevis (sic), suggests that the organisms release […]

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