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International Aquaculture Expert Assists NCCOS in Developing New Coastal Planning Tools for Shellfish Aquaculture

On July 16, 2013, NCCOS staff met with New University, Lisban, Portugal, to discuss development of models for siting of shellfish aquaculture and restoration along the U.S. East Coast. The role of shellfish aquaculture and restoration in mitigating phytoplankton over-growth, known as “eutrophication,” in Core Sound, NC; Puget Sound; Long Island Sound; Great Bay Piscataqua; and […]

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Low Levels of Chemical Contaminants Found in Sediments of the Northwestern Gulf of Mexico

A new report is available summarizing the findings of an NCCOS-funded survey of sediments and overlying waters of the northwest Gulf of Mexico continental shelf, conducted in August 2011. The study found no evidence of biological impacts linked to poor sediment quality. Low values of species richness and diversity of sediment-dwelling benthic organisms were associated […]

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NCCOS Highlights Aquaculture and Fisheries Conflicts in Lecture at North Carolina Oyster Farm

On July 17, 2013, NOAA staff from NCCOS’ CCMA, CCFHR and an international partner from Portugal participated in a Duke University class studying global fisheries conflicts.  The class was convened on an oyster farm near Beaufort, NC with presentations focused on conflicts among fishermen, growers and residents, the role of shellfish aquaculture in mitigating eutrophication […]

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NCCOS Support Workshop to Educate Ohio Resource Managers and Public Water Suppliers About Using NCCOS’s Lake Erie HAB Bulletins

NCCOS HAB researcher, Rick Stumpf, met with Lake Erie resource managers and public water suppliers for a 2-day workshop where he shared background on the development and process for issuing NCCOS’s HAB bulletin in Lake Erie.  Lake Erie annually experiences blooms of toxic cyanobacteria that discolor the water, are a health hazard to bathers and […]

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NCCOS Weekly Harmful Algal Bloom Bulletin Tracks Rare Event

The Lake Erie Harmful Algal Bloom weekly bulletin (# 7 issued July 17) provided location and transport of a cyanobacteria bloom that developed unexpectedly in the central basin of Lake Erie. This bloom has impacted the Ontario coast and is only the second bloom to hit that central coast in recent years. Cyanobacteria blooms normally develop in the western […]

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NCCOS, EPA and Partners Continue Monitoring Efforts in Great Lakes “Areas of Concern”

From July 21 to August 3, NCCOS scientists and partners collected wild and recover caged mussels from a number of sites on Lake Michigan, in both Wisconsin and Michigan, for monitoring of chemical contamination and mussel health. These sites are located in what have been designated as “Areas of Concern” as part of the Great […]

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NCCOS Researchers to Assist Washington State in Marine Planning

NCCOS scientists traveled to Washington State May 13-17 to support marine planning along the outer Pacific coast. NCCOS is helping inventory and assess key seafloor, groundfish, seabird and marine mammal datasets essential to effective marine planning. They are developing a data viewer that will help the state, other coastal managers, and researchers visualize seafloor datasets, […]

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NCCOS Marine Biologist Brings Sea Creatures and Scuba Gear to Kindergarteners

On May 9th NCCOS’s Dr. Matt Kendall engaged 16 kindergartners at Seneca Academy in Darnestown, MD by demonstrating his scuba gear and talking about what it was like working underwater. Dr. Kendall showed short videos of squid locomotion, squids changing color and shooting ink to protect themselves. The children then dissected real squid and studied major […]

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