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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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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Final Oyster Sampling to Support Aquaculture Model...

Brandon Puckett (left) and Jason Spires (right) process the final sample of oysters to complete the oyster growth curve used to calibrate the FARM model, July 18, 2023. Credit: NOAA ...

NCCOS Contributes to 2023 Annual meeting of the Na...

Dr. Suzanne Bricker (l) and Ms. Shelly Tomlinson (r) with Dr. Sandy Shumway, President-elect National Shellfish Association and Conference Manager, at the 115th Annual meeting of the National Shellfish Association ...

NCCOS Participates in 2022 Maryland Shellfish Aqua...

In November 2022, staff from the Cooperative Oxford Laboratory (COL) participated in the 2022 Maryland Shellfish Aquaculture Conference held in Annapolis, MD. The annual meeting was attended by a group ...

NCCOS Participates in Inaugural Great Bay, NH Rese...

Suzanne Bricker (MSE COL) presenting at the Inaugural Great Bay Research Symposium on October 13, 2022 at the Hugh Gregg Coastal Conservation Center at the Great Bay NERR in Greenland, ...

NCCOS Initiates Effort To Evaluate Nutrient Remova...

Researchers from NCCOS are working to develop a growth curve for bottom grown Chesapeake Bay oysters that will help calibrate the Farm Aquaculture Resource Management (FARM) model. This calibration, combined ...

NCCOS Oxford Lab Partners with Maryland DNR in Oys...

Suzanne Bricker (NCCOS) counting oysters sampled by NOAA divers on the R/V Chesapeake. Working in collaboration with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (MD DNR), researchers from the NCCOS Marine ...

Global Study Determines Economic Value of Shellfis...

When practiced and managed well, shellfish and seaweed aquaculture can provide sustainable seafood and improve the surrounding environment. These kinds of aquaculture farms act as nursery habitats, increasing recruitment of ...

Kiwanis Club Learns About Chesapeake Bay Oyster Aq...

Oyster growers harvest oysters from Chesapeake Bay. Credit: NOAA. Last week, NCCOS aquaculture researcher Dr. Suzanne Bricker gave the Kiwanis Club of Mt. Airy, Maryland, an overview of how oyster ...

NCCOS Contributes to the Green Aquaculture Intensi...

NCCOS and international colleagues from Agri-Food & Biosciences Institute of Ireland and LongLine Environment, Ltd. presented "Nutrient trading & shellfish farming: a win-win solution?" at a public meeting this October ...

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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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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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Environmental Interactions

NCCOS research helps us understand interactions between aquaculture and the environment to determine how aquaculture can grow waterfront communities, improve ecosystem health, and provide a sustainable seafood supply. As marine ...

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