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NCCOS Scientists Brief New York Stakeholders on Role of NOAA Mussel Watch for Supporting Regional Activities Associated with EPA-led Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

The New York Department of Environmental Conservation recently hosted a meeting in Albany, NY that brought together potential federal partners to discuss NY’s Great Lakes current efforts and ways forward to remove Beneficial Use Impairments and monitor the recovery of Areas of Concern (hot spots). NCCOS scientists shared with NY State AOC coordinators and managers its past, current […]

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NCCOS-supported Scientists Untangle Food Web, Habitat Value

Being able to numerically determine how much food is produced by different habitats in relation to each other helps habitat restoration and conservation managers put a price on the value of ecological services provided by the habitats. Scientists at the University of North Carolina supported by the Ecological Effects of Sea Level Rise Research Program developed data on habitat […]

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Lab-grown Transplants Could Supplement Offshore Methods to Replenish Endangered Coral

Can nursery raised corals restore reefs as well as those grown offshore? NOAA is sponsoring the National Coral Reef Institute to compare the growth rates of each technique. A dramatic decline of this endangered species threatens the habitat of thousands of invertebrates and fish. Growing coral transplants offshore is an effective method of replenishment, but […]

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Rock Sills Used for Salt Marsh Stabilization May Adversely Affect Food Webs at Marsh Edge

NCCOS funded scientists from the University of North Carolina documented the effect of rocky sills (shore-parallel, rock structures) on near shore habitat. Short rock sills are a common stabilization method and a living shoreline restoration technique, but little is known about their effects. The researchers studied algal mat abundance at two sites of silled marsh compared […]

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Everglades Restoration Review Invites NOAA Input

The National Research Council Committee for Independent Review of Everglades Restoration is learning more about the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science-sponsored Marine and Estuarine Goal Setting for South Florida (MARES) project. The Committee has invited MARES project leader, Dr. Peter Ortner, Director, Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies, to speak about the project at its […]

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NOAA Helps Experts Review Mississippi River Marshland Restoration Plans

Guided by NOAA scientists, officials from Louisiana and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are convening the nation’s leading marsh restoration experts on February 23, 2011 to evaluate the merits of opening Mississippi River channels. In Louisiana, sinking and eroding marshlands have led to increased hurricane damage and offshore dead zones. Coastal communities, economies, and […]

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Mississippi River Diversion Workshop Organized

On 23 February 2011, NOAA (NCCOS and the National Marine Fisheries Service) and the Louisiana Coastal Area (LCA) Science and Technology Program will convene a workshop on “Response of Louisiana Marsh Soils and Vegetation to Diversions” to be held in the LITE Auditorium at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. The workshop is the 3rd […]

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Great Lakes Restoration Initiative – NOAA Program Expands into EPA Designated “Areas of Concern”

Scientists from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science and the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory completed the second phase of mussel and sediment collections from Lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron, and St. Clair, and the Detroit, St. Clair and St Mary’s Rivers in September. Two teams and two boats traveled a combined distance of nearly […]

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