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An Ecological Assessment to Support NOAA’s Choptan...

The Choptank watershed is an ecologically and economically valuable resource and designated Habitat Focus Area. We are collecting and synthesizing biological, chemical, and physical data to characterize the condition of ...
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Aquaculture and Eutrophication in Long Island Soun...

Eutrophication is the overabundance of nutrients in a body of water that results in harmful algal blooms, fish kills, and in some cases ecosystem collapse. We are investigating the feasibility ...
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Aquaculture Mapping Atlas and FARM Model

We are integrating two tools commonly used to plan for and site aquaculture: the Farm Aquaculture Resource Management (FARM) Model and the Connecticut Aquaculture Mapping Atlas. This improved tool will ...
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AquaSpace – An Ecosystem Approach to Making Space ...

Aquaculture is a large and growing segment of seafood production because capture fisheries production continues to decline. A major challenge to the expansion of marine aquaculture in most nations is ...
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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 ...
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Eutrophication and Oyster Aquaculture in the Patux...

Eutrophication is the overabundance of nutrients in a body of water that results in harmful algal blooms, fish kills, and in some cases ecosystem collapse. We are investigating the feasibility ...
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Eutrophication and Oyster Aquaculture in the Potom...

Eutrophication is the overabundance of nutrients in a body of water that results in harmful algal blooms, which can lead to depletion of dissolved oxygen and loss of fish and ...
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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 ...
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National Estuarine Eutrophication Assessment: Upda...

Eutrophication is the overabundance of nutrients in a body of water that results in harmful algal blooms, fish kills, and in some cases ecosystem collapse. We used the Assessment of ...
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Oyster Aquaculture Related Ecosystem Services in t...

Eutrophication—the overabundance of nutrients in a body of water—threatens the normal function and benefits provided by coastal ecosystems. Attempts to reverse eutrophication have focused on reducing land-based sources of nutrients ...
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NCCOS Hosts Eight ‘Experiential Research and Train...

NCCOS is hosting eight of this year’s fourteen NOAA Experiential Research & Training Opportunities (NERTO) interns from the Center for Coastal and Marine Ecosystems (CCME). CCME is led by Florida ...
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New Story Map Highlights NCCOS Sustainable Oyster ...

Oyster farmer Al Smeilus provides information on oyster planting to researcher Dr. Beth Darrow and students Jessica Kinsella and Jessica Carlton on his farm in Masonboro Island NERR North Carolina ...
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NOAA, Partners Develop Novel Approach to Shellfish...

Workers at Stella Mar Oysters sorting and harvesting oysters on Long Island Sound. Credit: Steve Schafer, Stella Mar Oysters. Shellfish biologists, economists, and modelers from NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal ...
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Annual Maryland Shellfish Aquaculture Conference H...

Oyster farmers in Chesapeake Bay, Maryland, 2016. Credit: NOAA. NCCOS's Dr. Suzanne Bricker helped organize, and participated in, the 2020 Maryland Shellfish Aquaculture Conference, held online last week as a ...
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NCCOS Research Informs Oyster Aquaculture Siting i...

Oyster grower Al Smeilus (left) shared access to his intertidal oyster farm within the Masonboro NCNERR, oysters for experiments, and information about farming practices with scientists from UNCW. These data ...
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NCCOS Chesapeake Bay Aquaculture Ecosystem Service...

The Chesapeake Community Research Symposium 2020 took place virtually from June 8-10, 2020. Credit Chesapeake Research Consortium. A recent conference brought together managers, scientists, and stakeholders for a series of ...
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Water Cleaning Capacity of Oysters Could Mean Extr...

Oysters are one of the most valuable fisheries in Chesapeake Bay, with annual commercial landings valued at more than $40 million. A large part of this harvest comes from aquaculture ...
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NOAA, Partners Evaluate Nitrogen Removal Potential...

Processing field samples at the Greenwich Yacht Club in Greenwich, Connecticut. Project partners left to right: Dr. Julie Rose (NEFSC), Dr. Skylar Bayer (NEFSC), Dr. Suzanne Bricker (NCCOS), Dr. Alhambra ...
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NOAA Scientists Help Define Best Management Practi...

On September 10-11, 2019, Dr. Suzanne Bricker (NCCOS) and Dr. Julie Rose (NMFS) led part of a workshop that explored ways to promote and implement the use of oyster habitats ...
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NCCOS Oxford Lab Explores Collaboration with Unive...

Aerial view of NCCOS Cooperative Oxford Laboratory in Oxford, Maryland. Credit: NOAA. Last month, the NCCOS Cooperative Oxford Laboratory in Oxford, Maryland, hosted senior staff from the University of Maryland's ...
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An ecosystem services assessment using bioextraction technologies for removal of nitrogen and other substances in Long Island Sound and the Great Bay/Piscataqua Region Estuaries

A State-Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Nutrient Innovations Task Group concluded in a 2009 report (State -- EPA Nutrient Innovations Task Group, 2009) that 'continuing the status quo at the national, state, and local levels and relying upon our current practices ...
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Coastal Ecological Assessment to Support NOAA’s Choptank River Complex Habitat Focus Area: Tred Avon River

In the Tred Avon River, an important tributary of the Choptank River, we assessed the impacts of land use on the health of the aquatic ecosystem in a 3-year field study (2015-2017). In our analysis of information collected during the ...
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Effects of Nutrient Enrichment In the Nation’s Estuaries: A Decade of Change

The National Estuarine Eutrophication Assessment (NEEA) is a tool for evaluating both current eutrophic condition and the effectiveness of management actions aimed at reducing eutrophic condition. Eutrophication is caused by excess nutrients and is expressed by symptoms such as increased ...
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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 ...
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National Estuarine Eutrophication Assessment: Effects of Nutrient Enrichment in the Nation’s Estuaries

This report presents the results of a National Assessment Workshop held in August 1998 to address the problem of estuarine eutrophication. The assessment was based primarily on the results of the National Estuarine Eutrophication Survey, conducted by NOAA from 1992 ...
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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 ...
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