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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

NOAA, Partners Launch OceanReports Tool

The OceanReports tool allows users to conduct custom spatial analyses of authoritative ocean data within any area of the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone. Credit: NOAA, BOEM. This week, NOAA and ...
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New Siting Tools Showcased at World Aquaculture So...

The NCCOS Coastal Aquaculture Siting and Sustainability Program showcased new tools for siting offshore industries at the World Aquaculture Society Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana (March 8–10, 2019). Pictured are ...
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Drone Mapping Team Receives Inaugural NCCOS Innova...

Tim Battista and Bryan Costa received the first NCCOS Innovation Incentive Award for their work using airborne drones to map shallow-water habitats. Mapping shallow, near-shore areas for NCCOS's resource management ...
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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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Products

Maps, Tools & Applications

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 & Publications

Best Management Practices for Marine Cage Culture Operations in the U.S. Caribbean

These Best Management Practices will be useful to many stakeholders. Farm owners and operators can apply them to guide siting and farm management practices. Coastal managers and community planners can use this information to make environmentally responsible decisions about the ...
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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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Intersex in male invasive Atlantic lionfish, Pterois spp

Intersex in gonochoristic species is a reproductive abnormality in which an individual produces gametes of the type normally associated with the opposite sex. To investigate the prevalence of intersex in male lionfish Pterois spp., 884 individuals were collected from the ...
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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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