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Getting the Word Out: Sharing the Benefits of Shellfish Aquaculture

Different aspects of shellfish aquaculture science were recently shared on three separate occasions with regional groups that varied from industry partners to regional growers to high school students. These presentations are part of an effort to communicate best practices of shellfish aquaculture to the public and stakeholders so that these methods will be employed in […]

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Toxic Pseudo-nitzschia Bloom Reported in Alaska’s Kachemak Bay

Volunteers with the NOAA’s Phytoplankton Monitoring Network reported a bloom of the diatom, Pseudo-nitzschia occurring within NOAA’s National Estuarine Research Reserve System at Kachemak Bay, AK.  NOAA’s Analytical Response Team identified the bloom as Pseudo-nitzchia australis using scanning electron microscopy and confirmed the bloom produced the neurotoxin domoic acid, after which, state managers of the […]

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U.S. and Korea Identify Marine Aquaculture Collaboration Opportunities

Representatives from the NOAA Aquaculture Program, including OAR, NOS, and NMFS, met last week with Korean government officials from National Fisheries Research and Development Institute (NFRDI) in Jeju, Korea to identify joint science priorities for marine aquaculture.  Both nations are working to develop sustainable aquaculture practices in coastal zones including the coastal ocean.  Priorities for collaborative […]

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NCCOS Science Helps Advance Landmark Deep-sea Coral Protection Measure in Mid-Atlantic

Recent discoveries have revealed that the Mid-Atlantic Canyons host a wide array of beautiful, valuable and fragile gardens of habitat-forming deep-sea corals (DSC). On April 29-30, NCCOS scientist Brian Kinlan participated in a Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC) workshop to develop boundary alternatives to protect DSC from bottom-tending fishing gear in all major Mid-Atlantic canyons.  The purpose of this workshop […]

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Cooperative Oxford Laboratory Hosts Oxford Day Activities

On Saturday, April 25, NOAA’s Cooperative Oxford Laboratory (COL), the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, and the U.S. Coast Guard Station Oxford held an open house in conjunction with the Town of Oxford’s 21st Annual Oxford Day celebration. After a parade through the town of Oxford, spectators dispersed to take in sights and activities planned for the […]

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Water Quality Improvements Through Shellfish Aquaculture Highlighted in NOAA Science Seminar Series

A recent presentation highlighted a new NCCOS modeling study in Long Island Sound (LIS) and Great Bay Piscataqua Regional Estuaries (GBP) that focused on the water quality benefits of shellfish aquaculture. The presentation, “Eutrophication and Aquaculture; Shellfish can help the Bay!,”reported nitrogen removal estimates through cultivation of oysters equivalent to 1% of total nutrient inputs discharged […]

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NOAA Shepherds Transition of Gulf of Maine Harmful Algal Bloom Model to Operational Forecast System

NOAA and partners are working to transition a harmful algal bloom (HAB) model for Alexandrium  fundyense in the Gulf of Maine (GoM) into a NOAA operational forecast system (OFS), which would help minimize economic losses to a $200-300 million dollar a year shellfish industry in Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. A. fundyense is a dinoflagellate phytoplankton that produces […]

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