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Harmful Algal Cyst Sampling Lays Groundwork for 2017 Gulf of Maine Forecast

Scientists from NOAA and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) recently completed their annual harmful algal cyst sampling in the Gulf of Maine, a critical step for forecasting next year’s harmful algal blooms (HABs) of the toxic Alexandrium fundyense, commonly known as New England red tide. A. fundyense has both a vegetative stage, where cells grow and float in surface […]

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Choptank Ecological Assessment: Digital Atlas Now Available

A new Digital Atlas for the Choptank River Complex Habitat Focus Area is now available.  The Digital Atlas consists of a web-based mapping portal, a distributable geospatial database, and a Baseline Status Report. Each of these products is designed to support a greater understanding of the Choptank and Little Choptank River watersheds. Topics covered by […]

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Predicting the Risks of Harmful Algal Blooms for Coastal California

In California, domoic acid-producing harmful algal blooms (HABs) of the diatom Pseudo-nitzschia increasingly threaten bivalve and crab harvesters, aquaculture, and coastal ecosystems. Using a blend of models and satellite ocean color imagery, NCCOS supported the early development of the California Harmful Algae Risk Mapping (C-HARM) system that predicted the spatial likelihood of Pseudo-nitzchia blooms and levels of […]

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Tiny yet Toxic: Dinoflagellate Karlodinium veneficum

Relatively unknown and taxonomically confusing until the last few decades, the tiny but toxic dinoflagellate, Karlodinium veneficum, can produce dense blooms and fish-killing toxins. K. veneficum is a small chlorophyll-containing dinoflagellate that produces a suite of potent toxic compounds known as karlotoxins which kill fish as well as other organisms. K. veneficum has a mixed nutritional mode […]

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Mesophotic Bicolor Damselfish Help Keep Shallower Reef Populations Afloat

NOAA-supported researchers studying the potential coral ecosystem connectivity of the deep (192-256 ft/60-80 m), mesophotic reefs of Pulley Ridge and the shallower reefs downstream in the Florida Keys found that bicolor damselfish populations on shallower reefs may owe some of their sustainability to mesophotic reefs. In comparison to shallower reefs, the bicolor damselfish populations on mesophotic […]

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Tour America’s Coastal Aquaculture on MarineCadastre.gov

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 aquaculture data from 15 coastal states, standardizing aquaculture data into three categories (shellfish lease, finfish lease, and other [crustaceans, algae]). The layer shows the approximate location […]

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Shellfish Larvae Struggle in Fluctuating Oxygen and Acidity in Estuaries

A study supported by NCCOS and the NOAA Ocean Acidification Program found that interacting effects of acidified and low oxygen (hypoxic) waters reduced the survival, growth, and development of larval stages of three important shellfish species: bay scallops, hard clams and eastern oysters. Shellfish larvae were exposed to ideal, acidified and low oxygen conditions both individually and in […]

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NCCOS Participates in Southeast Living Shorelines Workshop

The Governors’ South Atlantic Alliance held the Southeast Living Shorelines Workshop at the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science in Charleston on October 12-13, 2016.  In an effort to expand and enhance the appropriate use of alternative shoreline stabilization techniques, the workshop focused on developing a consensus statement with key members of the living shorelines community in […]

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