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A Global Review of Protected Species Interactions ...

As marine aquaculture expands to the open ocean in the United States Exclusive Economic Zone, there is increased concern about how protected species may be affected. We have summarized the ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Aquaculture Opportunity Areas for Federal Waters o...

The increasing demand for American-grown seafood and improved technology to farm in the open ocean provides incentive for aquaculture expansion. A recent step toward domestic aquaculture development was the Presidential ...

Aquaculture Spatial Planning in Florida: A Pilot S...

The increasing demand for American-grown seafood and improved technology to farm in the open ocean provides an opportunity for domestic aquaculture expansion, increased protein production, reduced social conflict, and lower ...

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 ...

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 ...

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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Scientists Survey Threatened Queen Conch in Port E...

Mary Rider (CSS contractor with NCCOS) and Justin Voss (Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission) prepare to dive near the Port Everglades channel. Credit: NOAA. This spring, scientists surveyed one ...

NOAA Engages Alaskan Communities in Aquaculture Op...

Chris Schillaci handles a piece of Nereocystis (Bull kelp), a key mariculture species for Alaska’s growing aquaculture industry. In February and March 2024, NCCOS and NOAA Fisheries conducted a series ...

New Study Explores Sustainable Siting of Aquacultu...

Aquaculture pen filled with finfish floating in the water. Credit: NOAA Fisheries Earlier this month, marine spatial planning researchers at the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) published a ...

NCCOS Science Supports Oyster Restoration in Chesa...

Aquaculture researchers with NCCOS's Cooperative Oxford Laboratory in Oxford, Maryland, are helping the Severn River Association test cost-saving oyster restoration techniques in the Severn River, a tributary of Chesapeake Bay ...

NCCOS Aquaculture Team Members Co-Host Sea Grant W...

On November 2, 2023, the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) co-hosted the Sea Grant–NCCOS California Aquaculture Siting and Development Workshop in San Diego, CA. This workshop was part ...

Request for Information: Identifying Aquaculture O...

In June 2023, NOAA and the state of Alaska announced a collaborative effort to identify Aquaculture Opportunity Areas (AOAs) in Alaska's waters, focusing on sustainable invertebrates (shellfish, sea cucumber, etc.) ...

Design, Distribution of Artificial Reef Structures...

NCCOS scientists and their partners found that artificial reef structures with greater horizontal area and vertical relief host more fish than smaller, shorter structures. Also, spatially isolated reef structures tend ...

Final Oyster Sampling to Support Aquaculture Model...

Brandon Puckett (left) and Jason Spires (right) process the final sample of oysters to complete the oyster growth curve used to calibrate the FARM model, July 18, 2023. Credit: NOAA ...

Study Aims to Identify Which Artificial Oyster Ree...

Inserting an acoustic transmitter in a fish from the Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR), 2023. Credit: NOAA. Experimental oyster reefs made from different substrates are the focus of a ...

NCCOS to Support Spatial Analysis for NOAA Aquacul...

Alaska aquaculture in practice - seaweed farming in Doyle Bay, Alaska with Seagrove Kelp Co. Credit: NOAA Fisheries In an effort to boost Alaska's blue economy and cultivate a thriving ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Coastal and Marine Planning

Coastal and marine planning science analyzes and supports the allocation of the spatial and temporal distribution of human uses in coastal and marine areas to balance social-economic and ecological objectives ...

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 ...

Coastal Aquaculture Siting and Sustainability

Developing spatial products and services to support aquaculture siting and coastal managementConducting research to understand the interactions between aquaculture and the surrounding environmentExploring how aquaculture can grow waterfront communities, improve ...

Environmental Interactions

NCCOS research helps us understand interactions between aquaculture and the environment to determine how aquaculture can grow waterfront communities, improve ecosystem health, and provide a sustainable seafood supply. As marine ...

Spatial Planning

Coastal and marine planning plays an important role in sustainable coastal and ocean development. Spatial planning supports diverse and stable working waterfronts in the face of environmental change and economic ...

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