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Applied Ecophysiology of Marine Aquaculture Specie...

Forecasting environmental interactions of marine aquaculture activities requires an in-depth understanding of the environment and the species farmed. We are investigating two promising candidates for marine aquaculture: red porgy and ...
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Aquaculture and Eutrophication in Long Island Soun...

Eutrophication is the overabundance of nutrients in a body of water that results in harmful algal blooms, fish kills, and in some cases ecosystem collapse. We are investigating the feasibility ...
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Aquaculture Mapping Atlas and FARM Model

We are integrating two tools commonly used to plan for and site aquaculture: the Farm Aquaculture Resource Management (FARM) Model and the Connecticut Aquaculture Mapping Atlas. This improved tool will ...
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AquaSpace – An Ecosystem Approach to Making Space ...

Aquaculture is a large and growing segment of seafood production because capture fisheries production continues to decline. A major challenge to the expansion of marine aquaculture in most nations is ...
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Development of Environmental Monitoring Guidelines...

We are assisting coastal managers and aquaculture farm operators with the development of environmental monitoring protocols for marine aquaculture. These protocols are helping coastal managers develop practices that support sustainable ...
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Environmental Models for Marine Aquaculture and Sp...

We are developing marine spatial planning tools and best management practices for marine aquaculture to minimize or eliminate any negative environmental effects. We are providing strategic planning and technical guidance ...
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Eutrophication and Oyster Aquaculture in the Patux...

Eutrophication is the overabundance of nutrients in a body of water that results in harmful algal blooms, fish kills, and in some cases ecosystem collapse. We are investigating the feasibility ...
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Eutrophication and Oyster Aquaculture in the Potom...

Eutrophication is the overabundance of nutrients in a body of water that results in harmful algal blooms, which can lead to depletion of dissolved oxygen and loss of fish and ...
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Marine Cage Culture and the Environment

We conducted a comprehensive review and analysis of global research on the environmental effects of marine cage culture. This analysis comprises the latest knowledge of water quality and benthic impacts ...
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Oyster Aquaculture Related Ecosystem Services in t...

Eutrophication—the overabundance of nutrients in a body of water—threatens the normal function and benefits provided by coastal ecosystems. Attempts to reverse eutrophication have focused on reducing land-based sources of nutrients ...
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Addressing Offshore Aquaculture in California

On September 27 in Long Beach, California, NOAA, Aquarium of the Pacific, and California Sea Grant, issued a report and held a workshop featuring proposed fish farming operations in Southern ...
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NCCOS Informs Michigan Decision Against Great Lake...

The Michigan Departments of Agriculture and Rural Development, National Resources, and Environmental Quality have decided not to allow siting of net-pen aquaculture operations in state waters of the Great Lakes ...
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Maryland’s Nutrient Trading Program Educates...

In order to prepare stakeholders for the implementation of Maryland's revised nutrient trading guidance, the Maryland Departments of the Environment and Agriculture sponsored the Nutrient Trading Symposium in collaboration with ...
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NOAA and Partners Address Environmental Concerns o...

A Blue Ribbon Panel of scientists from NOAA, state, and academia recently released a report addressing environmental concerns with development of a net-pen aquaculture industry in the Great Lakes. The ...
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New Aquaculture Infographic Available

More than half of global seafood supply now comes from aquaculture and this percentage is projected to increase dramatically in the upcoming decades. Given this increasing demand, industry and managers ...
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Blue Ribbon Panel Reviews Potential for Net-pen Aq...

Organized by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, a Blue Ribbon Panel of scientists from state, federal, and academia met last week to assess environmental concerns with development of a ...
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NOAA Seminar Series Features Patuxent River Shellf...

A scientist from NCCOS'sCenter for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment described a modeling study in Chesapeake Bay region's Patuxent River Estuary at the NOAA NOS Science Seminar Series on June 3, ...
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NOAA Enlists Help from U.S. Army Reserve to Accomp...

NOAA scientists teamed up with soldiers from the U.S. Army Reserve to conduct research off the North Carolina coast. The research was conducted aboard the Army vessel Missionary Ridge, a ...
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NCCOS Helps Colombia Develop Eco-friendly Aquacult...

Communities on the islands of San Andres and Providencia, Colombia are looking to aquaculture to bolster domestic seafood production, create jobs, and strengthen traditional native pursuits of fisheries and agriculture ...
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Coastal Economies: Researching Aquaculture for Nut...

NOAA Ocean Science Blog sat down with Dr. Suzanne Bricker of NOAA'sNational Centers for Coastal Ocean Science(NCCOS),Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment(CCMA), Coastal Ocean Assessments, Status, and Trends, to talk ...
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Products

Maps, Tools & Applications

Guide for marine cage culture BMPs in the U.S. Caribbean

 Aquaculture application: These BMPs are useful for guiding the management practices of cage culture operations to ensure productivity and environmental stewardship in the U.S. Caribbean.

Contributing Partners: GCFISea Grant, DRNA
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Visualize seascape from various types of coastal development using your photographs and the CanVis library.

 Aquaculture application: Use the aquaculture library to create visions by adding to your seascape aquaculture.

Instructional video: https://goo.gl/tFrmUE

Webinar: https://goo.gl/Jdoi7G

Contributing PartnersNOAA OCMNOAA NCCOSUSDA National Agroforestry Center
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Use state-of-the-art climate models and statistical analysis to explore how climate scenarios may effect aquaculture.

 Aquaculture application: Explore how climate scenarios may affect the aquaculture industry and the community.

Contributing PartnersTNC
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Translates existing benthic habitat data sets to the Coastal and Marine Ecological Classification Standard (CMECS).

 Aquaculture application: Classifies benthic habitat to assist with aquaculture siting.

Contributing PartnersNOAA OCM
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The Coastal Aquaculture Planning Portal (CAPP) is a toolbox of coastal planning tools designed to assist managers, planners, and industry with sustainable aquaculture development. This toolbox was developed in partnership with Digital Coast, a product of the NOAA National Ocean Service Office of Coastal Management.
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Create a map of potential ecological, social, and economic impacts from rising seas and changing climate.

 Aquaculture application: Assess coastal change and effects on coastal aquaculture in the present and future.

Contributing PartnersUSGS

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Turn complex data into easy-to-understand stories, complete with charts and graphs.

 Aquaculture application: Map a coastal county’s dependence on ocean and wetlands for a healthy economy to assess potential for aquaculture siting.

Contributing PartnersNOAA OCM

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Create a map of potential ecological, social, and economic impacts from rising seas and changing climate.

 Aquaculture application: Map aquaculture coastal planning efforts and evaluate resiliency options.

Contributing Partners: ASFPMNatural Capital ProjectTNCNOAA OCMUSGSUCSCUSM
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Interactive decision-support tool for the Connecticut coastline that will assist new or current growers in siting new or expanding shellfish operations by providing a simple tool to assess conditions based on existing datasets.

 Aquaculture application: The tool is designed to provide information to help potential shellfish farmers determine site feasibility, potential risks, and long-term suitability for particular areas in Connecticut.

Contributing PartnersUCONNCLEARSea GrantConnecticut Department of Agriculture

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The Cultured Aquatic Species Fact Sheet collection provides baseline information of environmental conditions needed for some aquaculture species.

 Aquaculture application: Provides a general overview of various aquaculture aspects including production systems, diseases and control measures, production statistics, and market and trade for the most important species in aquaculture.

Contributing PartnersFAO

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Data & Reports

An ecosystem services assessment using bioextraction technologies for removal of nitrogen and other substances in Long Island Sound and the Great Bay/Piscataqua Region Estuaries

A State-Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Nutrient Innovations Task Group concluded in a 2009 report (State -- EPA Nutrient Innovations Task Group, 2009) that 'continuing the status quo at the national, state, and local levels and relying upon our current practices ...
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Effects of Nutrient Enrichment In the Nation’s Estuaries: A Decade of Change

The National Estuarine Eutrophication Assessment (NEEA) is a tool for evaluating both current eutrophic condition and the effectiveness of management actions aimed at reducing eutrophic condition. Eutrophication is caused by excess nutrients and is expressed by symptoms such as increased ...
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National Estuarine Eutrophication Assessment: Effects of Nutrient Enrichment in the Nation’s Estuaries

This report presents the results of a National Assessment Workshop held in August 1998 to address the problem of estuarine eutrophication. The assessment was based primarily on the results of the National Estuarine Eutrophication Survey, conducted by NOAA from 1992 ...
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Protected species and marine aquaculture interactions

This global assessment summarizes the current state of knowledge regarding documented and potential interactions of species listed under the ESA, such as sea turtles and marine mammals, and evaluates offshore longline mussel culture gear interactions as a case study. This ...
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General Pages

Coastal Aquaculture Planning Portal (CAPP)

The Coastal Aquaculture Planning Portal (CAPP) is a toolbox of coastal planning tools designed to assist managers, planners, and industry with sustainable aquaculture development. This toolbox was developed in partnership ...
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Marine Spatial Ecology

Marine Spatial EcologyEcological and Biogeographic AssessmentsStewardship of our nation’s coastal and marine resources is one of the primary purposes of the National Ocean Service, and NCCOS’s nationally-recognized ecological and biogeographic ...
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NCCOS delivers ecosystem science solutions for stewardship of the nation’s ocean and coastal resources, in direct support of NOS priorities, offices, and customers, and to sustain thriving coastal communities and economies.

National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science
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Silver Spring, MD 20910
Phone: (240) 533-0300 / Fax: (301) 713-4353
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