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Assessing Contamination in Faga’alu Bay, American Samoa

NCCOS, in collaboration with NOAA Coral Program partners, released a report assessing the pollution in Faga’alu Bay, American Samoa (a US Coral Reef Task Force priority watershed). Faga’alu is a focus area for significant interagency scientific assessment and management activities; NOAA’s field efforts were conducted simultaneously with USGS work in the watershed.  Surface sediment samples were […]

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North Carolina Seafood Festival Highlights Marine Science

The North Carolina Seafood Festival worked with local marine scientists from NOAA, University of North Carolina’s Institute of Marine Sciences (UNC-IMS), North Carolina State University (NCSU), and North Carolina Department of Marine Fisheries (NCDMF) to host local middle school students for an educational program in Morehead City, NC. “NC Seafood Smart!” welcomed over 60 sixth and […]

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NCCOS, Partners Evaluate Using Oysters to Improve Water Quality in Oyster Bay, Fla.

Earlier this month, NCCOS and partners kicked off an oyster aquaculture project in Oyster Bay, Fla., that will evaluate the impact of an oyster aquaculture lease area on bay water quality. As filter feeders, oysters remove microscopic plant cells and other organic particles from the water column and have the potential to improve water quality […]

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NCCOS Improves Coastal Resilience of South Carolina

In order to improve coastal resilience, scientists used the SWARM modeling system to investigate runoff in certain watersheds in South Carolina (SC). Research results from this collaborative project to prioritize and model runoff volume sensitivities of tidal headwaters were presented to the Beaufort County Watershed Advisory Committee (WAC) on September 10, 2015. This modeling work […]

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‘From Seeds to Shorelines’ Comes to North Carolina

NCCOS scientist, Dr. Carolyn Currin, North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve Education Coordinator, Lori Davis, and North Carolina Sea Grant Marine Education Specialist, Teri Kerby Hathaway, are bringing the successful “From Seeds to Shorelines” project to teachers in coastal North Carolina. Dr. Carolyn Currin conducted the initial training with 10 teachers that will implement the […]

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Ciguatoxin Detection Technology Transfer With French Polynesia

Researchers from the Institut Louis Malardè (ILM) in French Polynesia visited the NCCOS Center for Coastal Fisheries and Habitat Research (CCFHR) to gain expertise on working with Harmful Algal Bloom species. Dr. Mireille Chinain and Dr. Taiana Darius completed eleven days of training on the method and technique of cytotoxicity assays to detect ciguatoxins (CTXs) […]

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NCCOS Community Well-being Data Now Available

In August, an NCCOS collection of community well-being data for the Gulf of Mexico went live on NOAA’s Gulf Data Atlas. The Gulf of Mexico Coastal Community Well-being Data incorporates a variety of publicly available social, economic, and environmental quantitative data collected by federal, state, and local agencies. Data is available for the coastal states […]

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SONAR Data Supports Policy Decision Making in Near Real-Time

NCCOS scientists aboard the NOAA ship Nancy Foster provided near real-time mapping data to the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council as they considered designating a new special management zone to protect spawning deep-water snapper and grouper.  The mapping data provided to the Council, less than 24 hours after the request came in, allowed the Council […]

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