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An Assessment of Fisheries Species to Inform Time-...

Environmental windows or moratoria are used by federal and state regulators in resource management to temporarily reduce adverse environmental impacts associated with coastal development. Seasonal restrictions on construction activities can ...
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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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Assessing the Ecological Function of Shipwrecks, A...

Increased calls for enhancing ocean habitats through artificial reefs and proposals for increasing offshore energy development require science to understand the impact and habitat value of these artificial structures on ...
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Development of a Siting Tool for Sustainable Oyste...

Oyster populations in Copano Bay, Texas, have declined to roughly one percent of historic populations, and the once thriving commercial oyster fishery in Texas reflects this decline. Aquaculture is seen ...
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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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Ecosystem Based Management: An Analysis of Nationa...

Ecosystem based management (EBM) is a holistic, adaptive approach to developing policies that ensure ecosystem sustainability, food and water security, and improve human health outcomes for future generations. Informed by ...
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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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News

Annual Maryland Shellfish Aquaculture Conference H...

Oyster farmers in Chesapeake Bay, Maryland, 2016. Credit: NOAA. NCCOS's Dr. Suzanne Bricker helped organize, and participated in, the 2020 Maryland Shellfish Aquaculture Conference, held online last week as a ...
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NCCOS Contributes to Decision Support for Aquacult...

Oyster grower Al Smeilus (left) shared access to his intertidal oyster farm within the Masonboro NCNERR, oysters for experiments, and information about farming practices with scientists from UNCW. These data ...
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NCCOS Lends Expertise to Sustainable Seafood Virtu...

This fall, the Aquarium of the Pacific’s Seafood for the Future (SFF) Program is hosting a bi-weekly virtual panel series to explore sustainable seafood. The series features scientists and experts ...
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Visitation Patterns Measured at Gray’s Reef Nation...

NCCOS scientists completed the first stage of a collaborative and multidisciplinary study of visitor use patterns at Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary. Understanding visitation at this marine protected area will ...
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New Research Shows Potential Impacts of Climate Ch...

Elkhorn coral (Acropora palmata). Credit: Lee Richter, National Park Service. A new modeling study by NOAA scientists predicts the future geographic range and population structure of threatened elkhorn coral (Acropora palmata) ...
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NCCOS Spatial Science Will Inform National Aquacul...

A presidential Executive Order signed in May 2020, Promoting American Seafood Competitiveness and Economic Growth, establishes NOAA as the lead agency on aquaculture in federal waters, and calls for establishment ...
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NCCOS Helps Identify Global Opportunities for Shel...

High (green) to low (red) opportunity marine ecoregions for development of (A) shellfish aquaculture and (B) seaweed aquaculture based on the synthesis of all environmental, socioeconomic, and human health factors ...
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OceanReports Tool Now Used in All Phases of Ocean ...

In this Gulf of Mexico example, the OceanReports tool shows data layers for ESA Critical Habitat Designations (red), ports (grey circle), shipping lanes (pink), Bureau of Ocean Energy Management oil ...
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NCCOS Supports ‘Living With Water’ Res...

The Battleship NORTH CAROLINA and the adjacent flood-prone visitor parking lot. The Battleship is currently surrounded by a cofferdam for ongoing hull refurbishment. Credit Ryan Giannelli, NOAA NCCOS. NCCOS scientists ...
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NCCOS Chesapeake Bay Aquaculture Ecosystem Service...

The Chesapeake Community Research Symposium 2020 took place virtually from June 8-10, 2020. Credit Chesapeake Research Consortium. A recent conference brought together managers, scientists, and stakeholders for a series of ...
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Products

Maps, Tools & Applications

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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The Coastal Aquaculture Siting & Sustainability (CASS) StoryMap provides the viewer with an overview of the mission, vision, and priorities of CASS, as well as a focus on the role CASS has in the spatial planning process to inform marine aquaculture decision makers. Two spatial planning case studies are provided, as well as the customers of CASS and the products we provide.
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Data & Publications

An Assessment of Fisheries Species to Inform Time-of-Year Restrictions for North Carolina and South Carolina

Environmental windows or moratoria are used by federal and state regulators in resource management to temporarily reduce adverse environmental impacts associated with coastal development. Moratoria are seasonal restrictions on construction activities to protect migrations of fish, sensitive life stages of ...
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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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Best Management Practices for Marine Cage Culture Operations in the U.S. Caribbean

These Best Management Practices will be useful to many stakeholders. Farm owners and operators can apply them to guide siting and farm management practices. Coastal managers and community planners can use this information to make environmentally responsible decisions about the ...
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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

Coastal Planning and SitingDeveloping spatial products and services to support aquaculture siting and coastal managementEnvironmental InteractionsConducting research to understand the interactions between aquaculture and the surrounding environmentEcosystem ServicesExploring how aquaculture ...
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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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NOAA Internship Opportunities

Science Sparks: Communicating science to diverse a...

This internship provides an opportunity for an applicant to work with BOTH a research team and a communications team to develop new products for communicating fisheries and ecosystem science to ...
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How accurate are the “best” commercial...

In-season near real-time management of catch quotas are enabled through the use of a substantial at-sea observer program. On larger vessels, catch weights are obtained through the use of motion ...
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