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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

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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NCCOS Informs Michigan Decision Against Great Lake...

The Michigan Departments of Agriculture and Rural Development, National Resources, and Environmental Quality have decided not to allow siting of net-pen aquaculture operations in state waters of the Great Lakes ...
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NOAA’s NCCOS Communicates Aspects of Aquacul...

Scientists from NCCOS joinedwith national and international partners for one week of a five week course to teach students about aquaculture during the Marine Conservation Summer Institute (http://superpod.ml.duke.edu/mcsi/) at the ...
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New Aquaculture Simulation Tool Supports Coastal P...

Public perception is often a large barrier for coastal aquaculture in the United States. Citizens are uncertain of the visual impacts and the potential conflicts with other ocean uses. The ...
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NOAA and Partners Address Environmental Concerns o...

A Blue Ribbon Panel of scientists from NOAA, state, and academia recently released a report addressing environmental concerns with development of a net-pen aquaculture industry in the Great Lakes. The ...
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Products

Maps, Tools & Applications

Visualize seascape from various types of coastal development using your photographs and the CanVis library.

 Aquaculture application: Use the aquaculture library to create visions by adding to your seascape aquaculture.

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

Webinar: https://goo.gl/Jdoi7G

Contributing PartnersNOAA OCMNOAA NCCOSUSDA National Agroforestry Center
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Translates existing benthic habitat data sets to the Coastal and Marine Ecological Classification Standard (CMECS).

 Aquaculture application: Classifies benthic habitat to assist with aquaculture siting.

Contributing PartnersNOAA OCM
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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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Data & Reports

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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NOAA Internship Opportunities

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NCCOS delivers ecosystem science solutions for stewardship of the nation’s ocean and coastal resources, in direct support of NOS priorities, offices, and customers, and to sustain thriving coastal communities and economies.

National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science
1305 East West Highway, Rm 8110
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Phone: (240) 533-0300 / Fax: (301) 713-4353
Email: nccos.webcontent@noaa.gov