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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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Evaluating Socioeconomic Indicators of Coastal Com...

Waterway in Cocodrie, Louisiana, a fishing, shrimping, and crabbing community in Terrebonne Parish. Credit: Seann Regan, NOAA. The project team will analyze socioeconomic data in and around working waterfronts in ...
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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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Modeling Approach to Predicting Nitrogen Removal b...

Burning fossil fuel, applying fertilizers, and other activities have resulted in nutrient-loaded runoff that can cause the overgrowth of algae and seaweeds in coastal waters such as Greenwich Harbor. This ...
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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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Planning for Sustainable Shellfish Aquaculture in ...

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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Quantification and Valuation of Municipal Scale Sh...

Eutrophication, the over-enrichment of the aquatic environment with nutrients, can result in excessive plant growth and loss of oxygen from the water. Shellfish aquaculture eases eutrophication by removing nitrogen through ...
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Seafloor Substrate Mapping and Model Validation in...

In support of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, NCCOS characterized seafloor habitats and fish distributions in coastal waters of New York. The New York Wind Energy Area (79,350 acres), ...
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New Story Map Highlights NCCOS Sustainable Oyster ...

Oyster farmer Al Smeilus provides information on oyster planting to researcher Dr. Beth Darrow and students Jessica Kinsella and Jessica Carlton on his farm in Masonboro Island NERR North Carolina ...
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NOAA, Partners Develop Novel Approach to Shellfish...

Workers at Stella Mar Oysters sorting and harvesting oysters on Long Island Sound. Credit: Steve Schafer, Stella Mar Oysters. Shellfish biologists, economists, and modelers from NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal ...
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NCCOS Helps Military with Long-term Resiliency at ...

NCCOS's expertise in salt marsh response to sea level rise helped inform the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) on the best strategies for ecosystem-based management at U.S. Marine Corps Base ...
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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 Research Informs Oyster Aquaculture Siting i...

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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