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Hardened Shorelines Associated with Seagrass Decline in Southern Chesapeake Bay

A recent study sponsored by NCCOS found that submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) in the saltier (and more southern) portions of Chesapeake Bay decreases in areas near hardened shorelines. Shoreline hardening is an attempt to stabilize coastal land and protect residential and commercial infrastructure along the coast by building structures, like bulkheads, to hold back the sea and prevent the […]

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Samples from NOAA Mesophotic Coral Study Become Part of Smithsonian Collection

Last month, NCCOS Charleston staff transported a collection of 228 deep-water octocoral samples to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, Museum Support Center in Suitland, Maryland, and aided in the transfer of the samples to permanent containers. All of the samples were collected on reefs in the mesophotic zone (100–500 feet deep) in the Northern Gulf of Mexico […]

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New Aquaculture Simulation Tool Supports Coastal Planning

Public perception is often a large barrier for coastal aquaculture in the United States. Citizens are uncertain of the visual impacts and the potential conflicts with other ocean uses. The first step to address these uncertainties is to illustrate the impact on the seascape. In response, NCCOS and NOAA’s Office of Coastal Management partnered to develop […]

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U.S. Harmful Algae Symposium Highlights Latest NCCOS Research

NCCOS co-sponsored the Eighth Symposium on Harmful Algae in the United States, held this past November in Long Beach, California. The biennial event provides a forum for scientific exchange and technical communication on all aspects of harmful algal bloom (HAB) research in the U.S. NCCOS scientists, managers, and sponsored researchers led sessions on: bloom prediction, forecasting, […]

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Monitoring Oregon Coastal Harmful Algae Helps Forecasting Blooms

The ongoing West Coast harmful algal bloom (HAB) highlights the need for improved regional monitoring of toxic algae in the California Current along the coasts of California, Oregon, and Washington. A first of its kind Oregon HAB monitoring and research pilot project demonstrated a viable strategy to address state management needs and fill a critical […]

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New Coral Area Discovered in 2014 in the Gulf of Mexico is Two Times Larger than Previously Thought

Preliminary results from the fourth and final Coral Ecosystem Connectivity expedition (22 August – 4 September 2015) to Pulley Ridge (off the southwest coast of Florida) show the new coral area discovered in 2014 is two times larger than previously thought. Pulley Ridge, the deepest photosynthetic reef off the continental U.S., is one of the […]

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Study Supports EPA to Control Both Nitrogen and Phosphorus in Freshwaters

One of the most common bloom-forming cyanobacteria (blue green algae) in freshwater ecosystems is Microcystis, which produces the liver toxin microcystin. Like many cyanobacteria, blooms of Microcystis are associated with higher temperatures and the availability of nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P). Many freshwater ecosystems are P-limited, meaning P plays the key role in the occurrence of most cyanobacteria blooms, […]

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National Coastal Ocean and Estuary Conference Provides Platform for NCCOS Research

The 23rd biennial Coasatal and Estuarine Research Federation Conference (CERF), held in Portland, Oregon this November, highlighted the scope of research sponsored by NCCOS including harmful algae and their toxins and ocean acidification and hypoxia (low dissolved oxygen) interactions. NCCOS exclusively hosted a major session and co-hosted a second major session with the NOAA Office of Oceanic […]

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