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New Aquaculture Infographic Available

More than half of global seafood supply now comes from aquaculture and this percentage is projected to increase dramatically in the upcoming decades.  Given this increasing demand, industry and managers must work together to develop sustainable aquaculture practices in the coastal zone.  To assist with these efforts, NCCOS developed an infographic to demonstrate the many […]

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NOAA Embarks on Final Expedition to Investigate Coral Ecosystem Connectivity in Gulf of Mexico

Last week, a NOAA-funded investigation of the relatively healthy deep reefs of Pulley Ridge (off the southwest coast of Florida) began its fourth and final expedition. During the two-week mission, the team will launch a remotely operated vehicle from the University of Miami’s R/V F.G. Walton Smith to photograph benthic and fish communities and collect fish […]

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The Swiss Army Knife of Missions: Buoys, CHiRP, Drop Cameras, and MBES

An intern blog by Erika Koontz ‘17, Washington College. During the third week of July, I set sail on the NOAA Ship Nancy Foster with scientists from NOAA’s Beaufort lab, Coastal Carolina University (CCU), and Cape Fear Community College (CFCC) for leg two of a project to map essential fish habitat in the Southeast U.S. in support of offshore planning […]

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Hardened Shorelines Make it Hard for Submerged Aquatic Vegetation

A recent NCCOS-funded study found that shoreline hardening, particularly riprap, has a negative effect on the abundance of submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV). Riprap, which is made up of rocks and boulders piled along the shoreline, is commonly used to prevent shoreline erosion, but once installed, alters the natural processes and composition of the land–sea interface. The […]

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International Resource Management Conference Features NCCOS Social Science

The International Symposium for Society and Natural Resources held June 13-18, 2015 in Charleston, SC, featured several NCCOS social science research efforts ranging from socioeconomic monitoring in the US coral reef jurisdictions to social values mapping in the National Estuarine Research Reserves and National Marine Sanctuaries. Eight NCCOS scientists attended the conference, along with other […]

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Science Informs Vote to Protect Mid-Atlantic Deep-Sea Corals

On June 10, NCCOS’s cross-NOAA partnerships and investment in carrying out spatial analyses of deep-sea coral ecosystems informed a near-unanimous vote by the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC) to protect more than 38,000 square miles of seafloor, stretching from New York to Virginia, from bottom fishing activities. NCCOS played a lead role producing statistical models […]

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Southern California Coastal Managers Provide Guidance for Sustainable Offshore Aquaculture Development

NOAA and partners recently convened a two-day workshop to develop a roadmap for sustainable aquaculture development in the coastal waters off Southern California. Participants developed consensus on primary environmental concerns, reviewed the regulatory framework for coastal aquaculture development, and created a coastal manager working group to guide the permitting process. The aquaculture industry in southern […]

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New Recruits Comprise most of Coral Area Found in 2014

A completed analysis from the 2014 expedition to Pulley Ridge based on remotely operated vehicle (ROV) observations revealed significant areas of new coral growth. The findings were compiled from a total of 24 ROV dives to characterize the mesophotic coral reef ecosystems off the southwest coast of Florida and the Tortugas, and determined over 56.5 percent […]

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