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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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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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July Field Mission in St. Thomas USVI Marine Reserve

On July 20-25, scientists from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) will conduct a follow-up field mission to the St. Thomas East End Reserves (STEER). The work is part of a project requested by local resource managers to develop an integrated ecosystem assessment for the STEER.  Results from contaminants assessment to be published […]

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NCCOS Scientists to Conduct Field Mission in St. Thomas, USVI

In late July, scientists from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science will conduct a follow-up field mission to the St. Thomas East End Reserves (STEER), on the southeastern end of St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands. The mission is in response to local regional managers who requested an integrated ecosystem assessment of the […]

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NCCOS Scientists Collaborate with GLERL and University Researchers for Improved HAB Forecasting.

From June 4 – 6, Researchers from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) met with Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab (GLERL) and regional university scientists from Heidelberg University, University of Toledo, Ohio State University, and the University of Michigan at the International Great Lakes Conference in Lafayette, IN.  Participants developed new collaborative efforts […]

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Orange Tides in Alaska?

For the sixth summer in a row an orange discoloration has appeared in Alaskan coastal waters.  NCCOS scientists provided “coastal intelligence” to officials that these “orange tides” differ; Some result from water borne harmful algal cells, others by air-driven terrestrial fungal spores. In 2008, NCCOS scientists determined an orange tide in Ketchican came from a […]

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NCCOS Issues First 2013 Weekly Harmful Algal Bloom Forecast for Great Lakes

On June 5, the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) kicked off the 2013 Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) forecasting season with its first weekly forecast for Lake Erie.  Running from June to October, these forecasts generate bulletins which are sent to and used by local, regional, state and federal managers overseeing beach closures, increased drinking […]

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Spring into NCCOS Science Dive Training in Alaska!

The National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) Kasitsna Bay Laboratory near Seldovia, Alaska hosted 18 science divers during its spring 2013 class run in partnership with University of Alaska Fairbanks.  Near-freezing water temperatures and fresh snow – normal spring conditions in south-central Alaska – provided the divers with great training in cold-water and dry […]

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