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Sunscreen Chemical Threatens Coral Reefs

Researchers from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) and their partners have discovered that a sunscreen chemical commonly used in many soaps, cosmetics, and body fragrances is highly toxic to the larvae of the coral Stylophora pistillata. The team’s data show that even very low concentrations of benzophenone-2 (BP-2) can quickly kill juvenile […]

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NCCOS Expertise Featured in North Carolina Water Quality Education Video

A new educational video features NCCOS scientists describing the importance of water quality in North Carolina estuaries for coastal ecology, human health, food supply, and the state’s economy. Bordered by the famed Outer Banks, North Carolina’s estuaries are home to biologically rich and diverse coastal habitats and productive fisheries. NCCOS scientists from the Center for […]

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New Study Shows Elevated Sediment Pollution Levels in Guánica Bay, Puerto Rico

A new study from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) reports recent sediment samples from Guánica Bay, Puerto Rico contained some of the highest concentrations of PCBs, chlordane, chromium, and nickel ever measured in the history of the NCCOS National Status & Trends Program, a nationwide contaminant monitoring program that began in 1986. […]

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Ocean Acidification Promotes Disruptive and Harmful Algal Blooms on Our Coasts

The general decline in ocean pH (i.e., more acidic conditions) from the increasing concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2) is well documented. Also well documented are increased nutrients entering coastal waters often promoting excessive and ecosystem disruptive algae blooms, including harmful algal blooms. The decay of these coastal blooms promotes bacterial respiration resulting in increased CO2, […]

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Some Gulf Dolphins Are Gravely Ill Following Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

Bottlenose dolphins in Louisiana’s Barataria Bay have lung damage and adrenal hormone abnormalities not previously seen in other dolphin populations, according to a new study published Dec. 18, 2013 in the journal Environmental Science & Technology. The study was conducted in August 2011 by a team of government, academic, and non-governmental researchers as part of […]

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Using Shellfish Aquaculture to Improve Water Quality in Long Island Sound and Great Bay Estuaries

On Nov. 18, staff from NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science and Northeast Fisheries Laboratory met with outside partners to continue investigating the potential importance of shellfish aquaculture in removing nutrients and improving water quality in the Long Island Sound and Great Bay/Piscataqua River Estuaries. The results of this EPA Regional Ecosystem Services Program–funded study […]

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New Lionfish Bioenergetics Model Predicts Impacts to Reef Biodiversity

NCCOS researchers have developed a new model to forecast the impacts of invasive lionfish consumption on Atlantic reefs. The model, published in Transactions of the American Fisheries Society, uses ambient water temperature and various physiological parameters to predict the energetic demands of lionfish populations. The model has been used to calculate the total number of […]

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Helping Millersville University Students Understand Eutrophication and Consider Careers in Science

Dr. Suzanne Bricker from NOAA’s Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment recently gave a guest lecture on eutrophication at Millersville University in Millersville, Pa. The lecture—“Eutrophication (nutrient pollution) in U.S. Coastal Waters and Elsewhere”—described current nutrient-related water quality conditions in U.S. estuaries and changes since the early 1990s, the factors influencing development of observed problems, […]

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