National Report Provides Insight for Management of U.S. Coastal Ocean Waters
Scientists from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) contributed heavily to the National Coastal Condition Report (NCCR) III, an interagency report authored by NOAA, the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Geological Survey. The NCCR, released in December 2008, characterizes the condition of U.S. coastal waters based on indices for water quality, sediment quality, coastal habitat, benthos, and fish tissue contaminants. Overall, the conditions were “Fair,” and have improved slightly since the first NCCR was published in 2001. NCCOS also contributed an integrated assessment of the human uses of Narragansett Bay(Chapter 9 of the report). For more information, see http://www.epa.gov/owow/oceans/nccr3/downloads.html.