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Volunteers Enhance the Living Shoreline of Rachel Carson National Estuarine Research Reserve

A group of enthusiastic volunteers helped plant Spartina alterniflora, or salt marsh cordgrass, at the Rachel Carson Reserve, a component of the North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve in Beaufort, N.C. The June 2014 planting event was part of a living shoreline demonstration project led by researchers from the reserve and NOAA’s National Centers for […]

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Congress Reauthorizes National Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Legislation

On June 17, 2014, Congress passed a reauthorization of the Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Research and Control Act (HABHRCA)—legislation last reauthorized in 2004. HABHRCA is critical for protecting the public from these environmental events, as well as furthering NOAA’s goals to maintain healthy oceans and build resilient coastal communities and economies. In a roll call […]

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Gliders Map Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone

This summer, NCCOS-sponsored scientists from Texas A&M University will test the use of gliders to monitor and map hypoxia in the northern Gulf of Mexico. The team will deploy five autonomous underwater vehicle gliders and one autonomous surface vehicle over the Louisiana coastal shelf and associated offshore region, while also taking shipboard hypoxia (low dissolved […]

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Toxins Detection Workshop Promotes International Trade of Shellfish

NCCOS scientist Tina Mikulski recently led a workshop in Muscat, Oman, on the detection of paralytic shellfish toxins—which can accumulate in shellfish, causing human illness and death. Shellfish must be screened for these toxins (produced by harmful algae in the genus Alexandrium) prior to sale and consumption. The workshop was designed through a formal agreement between […]

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Scenario-based Ecosystem Forecast Models Help Mitigate Hypoxia

Representing NOAA at the Ninth National Monitoring Conference, NCCOS’s Dr. Alan Lewitus spoke at a session focused on nutrient monitoring and modeling to restore and protect coastal water quality. His presentation described how scenario-based ecosystem forecast models can generate nutrient reduction targets to achieve hypoxia mitigation goals. NCCOS administers national competitive programs that assess the […]

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NCCOS Hosts Korea–U.S. Exchange on Aquaculture

The seventh meeting of the Korea–U.S. Joint Coordination Panel for Aquaculture Cooperation was held at NOAA’s Center for Coastal Fisheries and Habitat Research in Beaufort, N.C. on May 20–24, 2014. The panel was composed of aquaculture experts from Korea’s Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries, NOAA Sea Grant, NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service, and NCCOS. Panelists […]

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NOAA Hosts Students, Policy Makers, and Managers in North Carolina Aboard the R/V Nancy Foster

Last month, NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) hosted a series of outreach events aboard the NOAA Ship Nancy Foster following the ship’s 10-day mission to map and study the hardbottom reefs and fish communities in a proposed wind energy area off Cape Fear, N.C. First in this series of events, NCCOS staff ran […]

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NOAA Supports 2014 SeaPerch Challenge

NCCOS scientists provided scientific support in the 2014 SeaPerch Challenge by serving as judges in the Charleston, S.C. competition on April 9, 2014. SeaPerch is an innovative, underwater robotics program that equips teachers and students with the resources needed to build an underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV). Students build the ROV from a kit of […]

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