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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 ...

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 ...

Florida Regional Ecosystem Stressors Collaborative...

We are investigating the current and future impacts of five key stressors–ocean acidification, hypoxia, harmful algal blooms, warming, and eutrophication–on South Florida’s coastal ecosystems. Results will provide actionable information for ...

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 ...

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 ...

News

Decision Support Tool Visualizing Effects of Nutri...

The NCCOS Northern Gulf of Mexico Ecosystems and Hypoxia Assessment Program (NGOMEX) has produced various ecosystem models that predict the effects of hypoxia on living marine resources.  Although such models ...

Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia Task Force Convenes Annual ...

The Mississippi River Gulf of Mexico Watershed Nutrient Task Force, otherwise known as the Hypoxia Task Force (HTF), held its 38th annual meeting which highlighted ongoing efforts by HTF members to improve ...

Clay Treatments to Control Red Tide Unlikely to Ha...

Blooms of the toxic marine algae Karenia brevis, commonly known as red tide, occur almost annually on Florida’s west coast, often killing other marine life and costing local economies millions ...

Florida Red Tide Respiratory Forecasts Provided to...

Example of the Beaches App, which includes information about current red tide conditions at beaches with NCCOS HAB Forecasts. The Florida red tide respiratory irritation forecast is now being delivered ...

National Weather Service Incorporates Florida Red ...

Screen grab of Respiratory Forecast integrated into FWC Manatee Support dashboard. The National Weather Service (NWS)-Tampa Bay is incorporating NOAA's red tide respiratory irritation forecast into the Florida Fish and ...

New Research Sheds Light on Altered Freshwater Flo...

Bethany Williams and Arliss Winship pull in a trawl to survey fish in Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. A new publication in Estuaries and Coasts demonstrates how human-altered freshwater ...

Water Quality Monitoring Supports Coral Restoratio...

Nearshore waters of Culebra, Puerto Rico. Credit: D. Whitall, NCCOS. Last month, NCCOS scientists and partners began a program to monitor land-based sources of pollution that threaten coral ecosystems around ...

NOAA Offices Partner for Field Assessment and Supp...

Ecotox staff demonstrate use of the field-deployed mesocosms for spill response in nearshore estuarine habitats. The field mesocosms use fish and invertebrate exposures coupled with chemistry measurements to assess real-time ...

‘Team’ of Uncrewed Vehicles Reveals Extent, Toxici...

In a milestone achievement, NCCOS, the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) deployed a coordinated "team" of five MBARI long-range autonomous underwater vehicles ...

Owner of Puerto Rico Superfund Site Agrees to Cont...

Guánica Bay, Puerto Rico. Credit: U.S. EPA. This spring, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reached an agreement with Guanica-Caribe Land Development Corporation to remove contaminated soil from the Ochoa ...

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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

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 ...

General Pages

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Harmful Algal Blooms

Harmful algal blooms (HABs) occur when algae—simple photosynthetic organisms that live in the sea and freshwater—grow out of control while producing toxic or harmful effects on people, fish, shellfish, marine ...

Mussel Watch

NOAA's National Mussel Watch Program (MWP) is a contaminant monitoring program that monitors the status and trends of chemical contaminants and biological stressors in the nation’s coastal waters. Since 1986, ...

NOAA Internship Opportunities

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