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Assessing Futiga Dump Site Impacts on Fagatele Bay...

We will determine the potential impacts of the Futiga dump site and landfill on the coral reef ecosystem resources of the Fagatele Bay unit of the National Marine Sanctuary of ...
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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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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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Total Suspended Solids, Turbidity and Contaminants...

The purpose of this project is to provide additional environmental stressor data related to multiple port dredging projects in south Florida, especially as they relate to nearby important and threatened ...
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News

NCCOS Participates in Inaugural Great Bay, NH Rese...

Suzanne Bricker (MSE COL) presenting at the Inaugural Great Bay Research Symposium on October 13, 2022 at the Hugh Gregg Coastal Conservation Center at the Great Bay NERR in Greenland, ...
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NCCOS, Partners Assess Contamination in Great Lake...

Dr. Michael Edwards and Lauren Swam process sediment samples collected from Lake Ontario, September 2022. Credit: NOAA. Last month, the NCCOS Mussel Watch Program and its partners completed a seven-week ...
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Southeast Alaska Tribes Trained to Detect Harmful ...

Southeast Alaska tribal members participating in HAB workshop. NCCOS’s Phytoplankton Monitoring Network trained over 40 environmental tribal personnel from Southeast Alaska in toxic phytoplankton sampling and identification. This workshop took ...
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NCCOS’ PMN Spanish Language Translation Used in In...

Innoceana, an international NGO based in Los Angeles with sites in Costa Rica, Spain and Thailand, partnered with the Phytoplankton Monitoring Network (PMN) to include phytoplankton sampling in their existing ...
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New Publication Evaluates Chlorophyll-a Algorithms...

Map of the study area showing each monitoring station from the Chesapeake Bay Program used in this study. A new scientific paper describes methods for evaluating the efficacy of five ...
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New Article on Cyanophage-Host Relationships Infor...

A new article was published this week in the journal Toxins' "Special Issue on Management of Cyanobacteria and Cyanotoxins in Waters." The article provides a review of cyanophage lifecycles, diversity, ...
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Study Finds Pollution Low in American Samoa’s Faga...

American Samoa’s coral reefs are some of the most pristine reefs in the United States. They host more than a thousand species of marine life, including some of the oldest ...
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Cape Lookout National Seashore Environmental Quali...

NCCOS scientist collects samples at Cape Lookout National Seashore adjacent to the abandoned town of Portsmouth, North Carolina. Credit: NOAA. NCCOS scientists have released a final report assessing the environmental ...
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Lessons Learned: A Brief History About Restoring t...

Researcher setting up sponge nursery with sponge cuttings attached to bricks with cable ties. It takes approximately 2–3 months for the sponges to adhere to the bricks. Credit: Butler et ...
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Global Study Determines Economic Value of Shellfis...

When practiced and managed well, shellfish and seaweed aquaculture can provide sustainable seafood and improve the surrounding environment. These kinds of aquaculture farms act as nursery habitats, increasing recruitment of ...
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Data & Publications

Biological, chemical, and physical data collected in Delaware Bay from 2 Sep 1997 to 8 Oct 1997 (NODC Accession 0118720)

This study was based on the sediment quality triad (SQT) approach. A stratified probabilistic sampling design was utilized to characterize the Delaware Bay system in terms of chemical contamination, sediment toxicity (Microtox, amphipod bioassay; sea urchin gamete bioassay; and P450 ...
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Council Monitoring and Assessment Program (CMAP) Compilation of Existing Habitat and Water Quality Monitoring, and Mapping Assessments for the Gulf of Mexico Region

The Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast States Act (RESTORE Act) was signed into law on July 6, 2012. The RESTORE Act calls for a regional approach to restoring the long-term health of ...
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Council Monitoring and Assessment Program (CMAP): Inventory of Existing Habitat and Water Quality Monitoring, and Mapping Metadata for the Gulf of Mexico Programs

Under the Resources and Ecosystem Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast States Act of 2012 (RESTORE Act), the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council (RESTORE Council or Council ) is required to report on the progress of ...
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Ecological Condition of Coastal Ocean Waters along the U.S. Western Continental Shelf: 2003

This document provides an assessment of the status of ecological condition in coastal-ocean waters along the U.S. continental shelf, from the Strait of Juan de Fuca, WA to the Mexican border, based on sampling conducted in June 2003. The project ...
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Environmental toxicology data collected by the National Status and Trends Program for monitoring contaminants in coastal United States marine water bodies from 01 Jan 1960 to 05 May 2010 (NODC Accession 0074376)

The National Status and Trends Program is comprised of three nationwide programs: Benthic Surveillance, Mussel Watch, and Bioeffects. These programs are in place to observe estuarine and coastal waters nationwide to describe the current status and detect changes in the ...
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Improving methods and indicators for evaluating coastal water eutrophication: A pilot study in the Gulf of Maine

Study Goals and Objectives: 1) Improve existing nutrient-related eutrophication assessment methods, updating (from early 1990s to early 2000s) the eutrophication assessment for systems included in the study with the improved method. 2) Develop a human-use/socioeconomic indicator to complement the assessment ...
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National Status and Trends Bioeffects Assessment: Chemical contaminant data in the St. Thomas East End Reserves, U.S. Virgin Islands, from 2010-05-04 to 2012-06-22 (NCEI Accession 0146168)

This dataset provides valuable baseline data on sediment chemical contamination for the St. Thomas East End Reserve (STEER), U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI). From 2010-2012, NOAA scientists collected samples as part of a larger, long-term monitoring National Status and Trends Program ...
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Nutrients, sedimentation and total suspended solids in the St. Thomas East End Reserves in the Caribbean Sea from 2012-01-16 to 2013-11-25 (NCEI Accession 0139480)

This data set contains the results from monitoring in the St. Thomas East End Reserves (STEER) in St. Thomas, USVI, from January 2012 to November 2013. The monitoring was conducted by project partners at the University of the Virgin Islands, ...
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Southeast Florida Reef Tract Water Quality Assessment

Coral reefs are vibrant, productive ecosystems that face a variety of threats, including disease, temperature stress and pollution. In order to effectively manage coral reef resources, adequate data are required to assess status and track change in these systems. The ...
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Support for Integrated Ecosystem Assessments of NOAA's National Estuarine Research Reserves System (NERRS), Volume I: The Impacts of Coastal Development on the Ecology and Human Wellbeing of Tidal Creek Ecosystems of the US Southeast

A study was conducted, in association with the Sapelo Island and North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserves (NERRs), to evaluate the impacts of coastal development on sentinel habitats (e.g., tidal creek ecosystems), including potential impacts to human health and well-being ...
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General Pages

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Stressor Impacts and Mitigation

Stressor Impacts & MitigationHarmful Algal BloomsManagers of fisheries, beaches, and water treatment facilities need information on HAB detection and forecasting to plan for and deal with the adverse environmental, economic, ...
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NOAA Internship Opportunities

Internship Supporting Coastal Ecology in Southern ...

The Wells Reserve offers excellent opportunities for students to learn and grow professionally and academically through a number internships that involve hands-on field and laboratory coastal science studies. Interns will ...
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