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NCCOS, Partners Map Unexplored Areas of Western Lake Michigan

Last month a team of scientists from NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) completed a two-week field mission aboard NOAA Research Vessel Storm to map the lakebed and explore shipwrecks in Lake Michigan. The team collaborated with the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries and the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory to collect swath […]

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Study of Freshwater Turtles to Improve Treatment of Toxins in Sea Turtles

New research is paying off long-term for endangered sea turtles facing illness and even death during Florida red tides. From 2011-2014, the NCCOS sponsored project “Brevetoxin Metabolism and Physiology – A Freshwater Model of Morbidity in Endangered Sea Turtles” used non-endangered freshwater turtles as models to determine the effects of Florida red tide on endangered sea […]

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Robots Help Locate Origins of Shellfish Toxicity in Eastern Gulf of Maine

Scientists deployed four underwater robotic Environmental Sample Processors (ESPs) in the Bay of Fundy and the eastern Gulf of Maine at the end of last month. The ESPs count the Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP)-causing dinoflagellates, Alexandrium fundyense (aka New England red tide). The sensors test a critical hypothesis that A. fundyense cells originate in the Bay […]

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$16.7 Million Awarded for Gulf of Mexico Research

To support efforts to protect fisheries in the Gulf of Mexico, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that NOAA has issued awards totaling of $16.7 million from its RESTORE Act Science Program. This year, the awardees’ proposed projects support research into bluefin tuna, blue crabs, Mississippi oyster farmers, and other parts of the Gulf […]

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Why the Exceptional Toxicity during the 2015 West Coast Harmful Algal Bloom?

New research sponsored by NCCOS explains what might have caused the high toxicity in Monterey Bay, CA during the massive 2015 toxic bloom of the marine diatom Pseudo-nitzschia along the West Coast of the United States. Based on NCCOS research, warm water, nutrients, or a combination of factors may have caused the bloom and to some extent […]

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Gulf of Maine Red Tide Monitoring Provides Real-time Data to Managers

From late April to early July 2016, the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) supported Environmental Sample Processor (ESP) deployments in the Gulf of Maine to sample cells and toxins produced by red tide alga, Alexandrium fundyense, and another harmful alga, Pseudo-nitzschia. During these deployments, near real-time data on estimated A. fundyense cell abundance […]

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Record-setting Razor Clam Harvest Aided by Pacific Northwest HAB Forecast

Recreational razor clam harvesters in Long Beach, Washington, set a record for one-day digger trips (17,800 diggers) on April 30, 2017. The record number of trips was triggered by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (WDFW) first-ever decision to increase the bag limit on razor clams. One factor WDFW considered in making this decision […]

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