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A 2015 Assessment of Metals, Legacy Contaminants, ...

NCCOS scientist deploying caged oysters at a Severn River site in Chesapeake Bay. Credit: NOAA. The Mussel Watch Program has monitored the nation’s coastal waters for chemical contaminants since 1986 ...

A 2020 Assessment of Metals, Legacy Contaminants, ...

Mussel Watch team members break apart clumps of oysters from Charleston Harbor, South Carolina, to prepare samples for analysis. Credit: NOAA. The Mussel Watch Program has monitored the nation’s coastal ...

Characterizing Recreational Shore-based Fishers an...

The objective of our survey on St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands was to test an approach for collecting shore-based recreational fishing data, such as who fishes from shore, for how ...

Great Lakes Mussel Watch Supports the President’s ...

The President’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative began in 2010 and provided the financial support for the Great Lakes Mussel Watch, one of several projects of contaminant monitoring with Great Lakes ...

National Coral Reef Monitoring Program Implementat...

The National Coral Reef Monitoring Program (NCRMP) is a framework for conducting sustained observations of biological, climate, and socioeconomic indicators at 10 priority coral reefs across the U.S. and its ...

Scientific Support for Mesophotic and Deep Benthic...

We are working on a collaborative set of projects to better understand and restore mesophotic and deep benthic communities in the Gulf of Mexico impacted by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon ...

Using Passive Sampler Technology (Silicone Bands) ...

We have teamed with Charleston Waterkeepers to evaluate how effective passive sampler technology (silicone bands) is at detecting organic contaminants in local waterways. Silicone band samplers are inexpensive and easy ...

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Successful Survivorship of Mesophotic Corals at Ho...

Kassidy Lange (NCCOS) at sea on the R/V Point Sur with ROV Mohawk (UNCW), the ROV that collected the corals for the growth study. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ...

Studying the Effects of Marine Diesel Fuel on Mars...

Spartina alterniflora planted in a 12 gallon bucket with simulated low tide conditions. Marine-based oil spills are not an uncommon occurrence in the U.S. Worse still, they often occur near ...

NOAA, USGS Investigate Mesophotic Coral Biology to...

Mesophotic and deep benthic communities were injured across a large area in the Gulf of Mexico by the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) oil spill in 2010. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric ...

NOAA Offices Partner for Field Assessment and Supp...

Ecotox staff demonstrate use of the field-deployed mesocosms for spill response in nearshore estuarine habitats. The field mesocosms use fish and invertebrate exposures coupled with chemistry measurements to assess real-time ...

NCCOS Responds to South Carolina's Request for Con...

Retired naval support vessel in Bohicket Creek, South Carolina, with small boat along its starboard side, 2023. Credit: NOAA. This past winter, at the request of the South Carolina Department ...

Researchers Transfer Threatened Coral Larvae from ...

NCCOS scientists have successfully transferred and settled fertilized elkhorn and mountainous star coral larvae — two species listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act — from reefs in the ...

First Real-time Toxicity Assessment of Lake Erie A...

Preparing the 3G-ESP for use on the Long-Range Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (LRAUV). Top left: NCCOS scientist inspects custom-fabricated microcystin sensor chip at Hollings Marine Laboratory in Charleston, South Carolina. Top ...

NOAA Charleston Planet Stewards Students Complete ...

Students at St. John’s High School in Charleston, South Carolina, have been working with a partnership of NCCOS staff at the Hollings Marine Lab and NOS Education on a new ...

NCCOS South Carolina Labs Host Congressman Joe Cun...

Congressman Joe Cunningham and the Charleston Lab Teams in front of Hollings Marine Lab in Charleston, South Carolina.  On September 10, 2019, the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) ...

NCCOS Team Surveys North Carolina Shipwrecks and R...

NCCOS scientists and partners surveyed rocky reefs and shipwrecks off the coast of North Carolina during September 2019 aboard the NOAA ship Nancy Foster. From left to right: Chris Taylor, ...
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Data & Publications

Developing Social and Economic Indicators for Monitoring the U.S. Coral Reef Jurisdictions: Report from a Scientific Workshop to Support the National Coral Reef Monitoring Program, Hollings Marine Laboratory June 13-15, 2012

To support the development of indicators, methods and measures for the National Coral Reef Monitoring Plan, the NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program sponsored a workshop for scientists to review the socioeconomic plan, validate and refine the indicators and develop secondary ...

General Pages

Aquaculture

NCCOS Aquaculture provides high quality science, guidance, and technical support to coastal managers to grow sustainable aquaculture while maintaining and improving ecosystem health.We work with local, state, and federal agencies ...

Charleston

The Hollings Marine Laboratory is built on an approximately 8-acre site within the Fort Johnson campus of the South Carolina Marine Resources Center in Charleston, South Carolina. Dedicated on December ...

Contact

We love questions and feedback - NCCOS encourages its constituents and the public to communicate their questions, ideas, concerns, and suggestions to us. For general questions about this website, queries ...

Contaminants of Emerging Concern

NCCOS conducts research to evaluate and predict the effects of chemical contaminants and other environmental stressors on coastal ecosystems. Estuarine environments can serve as sinks for many chemical contaminants bound ...

Coral Ecosystem

NCCOS research helps shed light on corals and their understudied communities, restoration science, the ecological role they play, and their potential to help replenish degraded reef populations. NCCOS coral research ...

Facilities

Our commitment to our people and organizational excellence (i.e., standards, procedures, and practices for ensuring the effective use and management of our resources and assets and the motivation of staff ...

Gulf MDBC Restoration

Mesophotic and deep benthic communities are vast and complex ecosystems on the ocean floor that are foundational to Gulf of Mexico food webs. Mesophotic benthic communities are found at water ...

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Forecasting & ModelingMappingMonitoringTools & ProductsPublicationsThe NCCOS Competitive Research Program (CRP) funds regional-scale research through a competitive, peer-reviewed process to address our nation’s most pressing ocean and coastal issues. As the ...

Mussel Watch

NOAA's National Mussel Watch Program monitors the status and spatial and temporal trends of chemical contaminants and biological stressors in the nation’s coastal waters. The Mussel Watch Program is the ...

Overview

For over 15 years, NOAA has partnered with colleges and universities to provide undergraduate students college-funded summer internship opportunities. NOAA provides students experience in science, policy, and science communication. In ...

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Partitioning of microplastic particles (MPs) into ...

Coastal marsh lands are ecologically critical areas that provide essential food, refuge and nursery habitat. They are also highly sensitive to pollution and can serve as sinks for dissolved and ...
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