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NOAA and Partners Improve Aquaculture Siting Decision Tool for Long Island Sound

A NOAA-led, multidisciplinary team is refining a tool used by farmers and regulators to choose locations of shellfish aquaculture farms in Long Island Sound. The updated tool will merge Farm Aquaculture Resource Management (FARM) model results with The Connecticut Aquaculture Mapping Atlas to better support aquaculture farm siting decisions. Specifically, a color-coded geospatial layer will […]

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Ocean Sciences Meeting Highlights Results of Sponsored Research

The 2014 Ocean Sciences Meeting showcased the reach and extent of research sponsored by NCCOS, including coral reefs, harmful algal blooms, hypoxia, applying research to management solutions, and integrated ecosystem assessments. NCCOS staff and sponsored research scientists gave over 25 oral and poster presentations and co-chaired a special session on mapping, monitoring, and managing mesophotic […]

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Partnership with Scottish Coastal Managers Enhances Planning Tools for Marine Aquaculture

The Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) and the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) recently hosted NCCOS researchers at a series of meetings to exchange ideas and demonstrate the latest coastal planning and environmental assessment tools for marine aquaculture. The Scots have developed modeling tools to simulate coastal aquaculture environmental interactions, focusing on localized effects […]

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Scenario Forecasts for Regional Coastal Management

Models play an increasingly important role in environmental problems, as decision makers need to consider the consequences of different climatic or environmental conditions, management scenarios, and population trends. Forecasts based on different environmental scenarios can move coastal decision-making to a proactive rather than a reactive mode. NCCOS, through partners within and outside of NOAA, supports […]

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NCCOS Helps Colombia Develop Eco-friendly Aquaculture Plan For Caribbean MPA

Commercial and artisanal fishermen of the Colombian islands of the San Andres archipelago were directly affected by the recent International Court of Justice ruling that shifted maritime borders between Colombia and Nicaragua, cutting off access to traditional fishing grounds. As a result, a new effort to develop ecologically responsible aquaculture on the islands is underway, […]

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Sea Level Rise Research Supports Gulf of Mexico Sentinel Site Cooperative

An NCCOS-funded study is investigating the ecological effects of sea level rise in the Gulf of Mexico. The effort is the focal point of the Northern Gulf of Mexico Sentinel Site Cooperative, a federal–state partnership established to advance sea level rise prediction and assessment capabilities. The cooperative seeks to improve coastal data and research products […]

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NCCOS and NMFS Collaborate to Improve Aquaculture in Long Island Sound

NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science and Northeast Fisheries Laboratory are working with outside partners to merge Farm Aquaculture Resource Management (FARM) model results with the Connecticut Aquaculture Mapping Atlas. The resulting map layers in the atlas are expected to help Long Island Sound shellfish growers and regulators make informed aquaculture siting decisions. NOAA’s […]

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Identifying Potential Effects of Land-based Pollution on Corals in St. Croix East End Marine Park

NCCOS has released a new study—“Land-Sea Characterization of the St. Croix East End Marine Park”—that highlights the potential influence of land-based pollution on nearshore coral reef ecosystems and documents the diversity, condition, and composition of biological communities within the park. The findings support local management priority setting for conservation of coral reef ecosystems by identifying and […]

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