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Glider Implementation Plan Provides Blueprint for Improved Monitoring of Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone

The Glider Implementation Plan for Hypoxia Monitoring in the Gulf of Mexico is now available to guide the use of autonomous underwater vehicles for enhanced monitoring of seasonal hypoxia in the northern Gulf of Mexico. The need for improved monitoring of the hypoxic zone (dead zone) has been repeatedly emphasized by the Interagency Gulf Hypoxia Task […]

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Partners in Puerto Rico Learn How to Conduct Coral Reef Monitoring Surveys

NCCOS researchers recently trained partners in Puerto Rico to collect fish and coral data for the National Coral Reef Monitoring Program, a core component of NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program. Thirty scientists received classroom and in-water practical instruction and are now prepared to participate in reef surveys planned throughout Puerto Rico in 2014. The National […]

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Marine Life in Gulf of Mexico Face Multiple Challenges

By Maggie Broadwater, Guest Blogger from NOAA’s Harmful Algal Bloom Analytical Response Team. Animals living in coastal waters can face a number of environmental stressors—both from nature and from humans—which, in turn, may have compounding effects. This may be the case for marine life in the Gulf of Mexico which experiences both oil spills and the […]

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Texas Alerted to Toxic Pseudo-nitzschia Bloom in Galveston Bay

Volunteers with NOAA’s Phytoplankton Monitoring Network have reported a bloom of the diatom, Pseudo-nitzschia in Galveston Bay, Texas, and NOAA’s Analytical Response Team has confirmed that the bloom is producing domoic acid, a neurotoxin that can cause amnesiac shellfish poisoning. State managers of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Texas Department of State Health […]

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NCCOS Scientists Conduct a Bioeffects Assessment in Bristol Bay, Alaska

Scientists from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) traveled to Dillingham, Alaska on September 17–24 to collect sediments for contaminant analysis and toxicity testing, and fish tissue for histology and body burden analysis. They also conducted benthic community surveys to characterize baseline contaminant conditions in the near-shore and coastal waters of Nushagak and […]

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Stakeholders Provide Input on Future of National Status and Trends Program’s Mussel Watch Monitoring

The National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) convened a panel for a one-day meeting on September 17 to provide perspectives on the utility of Mussel Watch data and potential future program directions. Twelve representatives from National Ocean Service program offices, other federal agencies, regional monitoring programs, and academia were briefed on the current NCCOS […]

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NCCOS Expertise Used to Help “Bring Shipwrecks to Life” for Future Citizen Scientists

On August 13–14, SCUBA divers, historians, and scientists gathered at the North Carolina Aquarium in Pine Knoll Shores, NC to learn how to identify fish, algae, and invertebrates common to the coastal waters of the South Atlantic states. The workshop was part of NOAA’s “Bringing Shipwrecks to Life” program, which is designed to connect local […]

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2013 Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone Size Above Average But Not Largest

National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science supported scientists have documented that the 2013 “dead zone”(area of hypoxia, or low oxygen) in the northern Gulf of Mexico west of the Mississippi River delta now covers at least 5,800 square miles of sea floor or about the size of the State of Connecticut. This dead zone area […]

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