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 ... Read More
NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) and partners recently completed two research projects to better understand the relationship between artificial reefs and large predators, like sharks. The team's ... Read More
Structures, such as vessels, concrete pipes, and bridge pieces, are intentionally placed on the seafloor as artificial reefs. These artificial reefs can be effective tools for enhancing fish communities, but ... Read More
Shipwrecks and rocky reefs off the coast of North Carolina are home to commercially and recreationally important fish. Scientists with NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science are researching how ... Read More
During the ROV dive on the shipwreck W.E. Hutton, the remotely-operated vehicle encountered large predators, such as the sand tiger shark pictured here, as well as other smaller reef fish ... Read More
NCCOS scientists and partners surveyed rocky reefs and shipwrecks off the coast of North Carolina during September 2019 aboard the NOAA ship Nancy Foster. From left to right: Chris Taylor, ... Read More
Globally, there is evidence that many tropical fish species are shifting their geographic ranges poleward and to deeper waters in response to changing ocean conditions. Off North Carolina, researchers have ... Read More
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