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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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Some Gulf Dolphins Are Gravely Ill Following Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

Bottlenose dolphins in Louisiana’s Barataria Bay have lung damage and adrenal hormone abnormalities not previously seen in other dolphin populations, according to a new study published Dec. 18, 2013 in the journal Environmental Science & Technology. The study was conducted in August 2011 by a team of government, academic, and non-governmental researchers as part of […]

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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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NCCOS, UNC, and Partners Investigate Areas for Wind Energy Development Offshore North Carolina

The first of three research missions to map the seafloor of a potential site for offshore wind development near Wilmington, N.C. was completed by researchers from NCCOS, in partnership with the University of North Carolina, NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey and funded by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and NOAA using the NOAA […]

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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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