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Projects

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 ...
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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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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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Impact Assessments and Management Strategies for I...

We are conducting biological and ecological assessments of invasive lionfish to determine their impact on reef habitats and economies of the Atlantic. Our work includes interpreting the results of existing ...
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Invasion of Asian Tiger Shrimp along the U.S. Sout...

We are investigating the cause and potential impacts of the recent tenfold increase in invasive Asian tiger shrimp sightings along the southeastern U.S. coast and Gulf of Mexico. Our research ...
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Lionfish Control in the National Marine Sanctuarie...

The invasive lionfish is one of the most dominant top predators of reef communities in the temperate and tropical Atlantic Ocean. Lionfish are reducing native reef fish and marine invertebrate ...
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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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News

Lionfish Prefer to Eat Local

In recent years, Indo-Pacific lionfish have been found in coral reefs throughout the southeast Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean. Credit: NOAA Invasive lionfish are generalist, opportunistic predators, meaning they ...
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New Tools Available in NCCOS Coastal Aquaculture P...

NCCOS Coastal Aquaculture Planning Portal. Since its launch in 2016, the Coastal Aquaculture Planning Portal (CAPP) has nearly doubled its inventory of unique tools and resources for coastal managers, planners, ...
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New Tool Available for Aquaculture Siting in Gulf ...

NCCOS is excited to release the newly created Gulf AquaMapper, a web-based tool for exploration, permitting and siting of offshore aquaculture in the Gulf of Mexico. The Gulf AquaMapper is ...
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NCCOS Supports Development of Alaska Mariculture S...

Scientists check a longline outplanting of sugar kelp at an experimental site near Coghlan Island, Alaska. Credit: Mike Stekoll, University of Alaska. NCCOS provided technical support to coastal managers and ...
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Student Scholars Conduct Research with NCCOS Mento...

The National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) promotes the educational and professional advancement of students and early-career scientists/scholars (e.g., postdoctoral) in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through mentoring ...
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NCCOS Expertise Highlighted at Coastal GeoTools Co...

NCCOS geospatial expertise was highlighted at this year's Coastal GeoTools Conference in North Charleston, SC earlier this month. Hosted by the Association of State Floodplain Managers, coastal management data professionals ...
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Online Tool Explores Sea Level Rise and Coastal Ma...

A new online tool developed by the University of South Carolina, with funding through NCCOS's Ecological Effects of Sea Level Rise program (EESLR), allows users to evaluate scenarios of coastal ...
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Protected Species Assessment Addresses Interaction...

New research from NOAA's National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) assesses the impacts that aquaculture gear and infrastructure may have on protected species. Aquaculture already supplies more than half ...
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NCCOS Releases Coastal Aquaculture Planning Portal

To better serve the nation's coastal managers and planners, NCCOS partnered with the Office of Coastal Management's Digital Coast team to develop the Coastal Aquaculture Planning Portal. The portal features ...
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Tour America’s Coastal Aquaculture on Marine...

NOAA's Office for Coastal Management and National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science have produced the first edition of the national coastal ocean aquaculture geospatial data layer. This project compiles current ...
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Products

Maps, Tools & Applications

This interactive map viewer allows users to view current shellfish harvest restrictions along the Alabama coastline.

 Aquaculture application: This map viewer can be used for aquaculture screening and risk communication for lease bed harvest closures.

Tutorial: Download under site selection

Contributing PartnersAlabama Marine Resource Division, Sea Grant

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Can be used to examine near and far field effects of individual or clusters of farms in the coastal shelf where nearshore or open-ocean aquaculture may develop.  The software models farms with multiple, separate cages and multiple farm sites to meet this challenge.

 Aquaculture application: AquaModel allows for proper planning, siting and management of offshore aquaculture farms to monitor and reduce environmental impacts to marine ecosystems.  

Requirements: Technical training and purchase of AquaModel Software

Contributing Partners: EASy

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Guide for marine cage culture BMPs in the U.S. Caribbean

 Aquaculture application: These BMPs are useful for guiding the management practices of cage culture operations to ensure productivity and environmental stewardship in the U.S. Caribbean.

Contributing Partners: GCFISea Grant, DRNA
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Allows users to visualize seascapes with various types of aquaculture gear  using your photographs and the CanVis library.

 Aquaculture application: Use the aquaculture library to create visions by adding to your seascape aquaculture. CanVis tools can help coastal managers better explain to stakeholders what the true versus perceived impact of aquaculture infrastructure has on the viewshed.

Instructional video: https://goo.gl/tFrmUE

Webinar: https://goo.gl/Jdoi7G

Contributing PartnersNOAA OCMNOAA NCCOSUSDA National Agroforestry Center
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Using state-of-the-art climate models and statistical analysis, users can explore how climate scenarios may affect aquaculture.

 Aquaculture application: Explore how climate scenarios may affect the aquaculture industry and the community.

Contributing PartnersTNC
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Translates existing benthic habitat data sets to the Coastal and Marine Ecological Classification Standard (CMECS). Users can then create a file geodatabase containing CMECS component feature layers.

 Aquaculture application: The Crosswalk Tool classifies benthic habitat for users to export categorized data, and import into a GIS to assist with aquaculture screening and siting.

Contributing PartnersNOAA OCM
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Zoned tides, relative to a tidal datum, can be constructed by applying time and range correctors to observed water level data from a given NOAA tide station for corrections.

 Aquaculture application: Users can view and download tidal corrections for planning of shellfish aquaculture farm locations relative to the needed balance of submerged and exposed gear.

Contributing Partners: National Ocean Service (NOS) Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS)

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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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Create a map of potential ecological, social, and economic impacts from rising seas and changing climate. Resources are organized under three themes: extreme storms, shoreline change, and sea level rise.

 Aquaculture application: Assess, download, and share data on coastal change and potential impacts to coastal aquaculture in the present and future.

Contributing PartnersUSGS

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Turn complex data into easy-to-understand stories, complete with charts and graphs.

 Aquaculture application: Map a coastal county’s use of the ocean and wetlands for economic contributions and potential introduction of new aquaculture for continued and sustainable economic growth.

Contributing PartnersNOAA OCM

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Data & Publications

Biology, Ecology, Control and Management of the Invasive Indo-Pacific Lionfish: An Updated Integrated Assessment

Venomous Indo-Pacific lionfish (Pterois miles and P. volitans) are now established along the Southeast U.S.A. and parts of the Caribbean and pose a serious threat to reef fish communities of these regions. Lionfish are likely to invade the Gulf of ...
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Comparative Microbial Dynamics in Crassostrea virginica and Crassostrea ariakensis

Considerations to introduce the Suminoe or Asian oyster Crassostrea ariakensis along the East Coast have raised many questions regarding ecology, economics, and human health. To date, research has focused primarily on the ecological and socioeconomic implications of this initiative, yet ...
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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 ...
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General Pages

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 ...
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Test 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 ...
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