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Multiple Marine and Freshwater Algal Toxins Documented in Southern California

NCCOS-sponsored scientists recently documented the occurrence of several, potentially harmful cyanobacteria and associated toxins at the land-sea interface along the southern California coast. Their newly published findings in the journal Toxins reveal a previously unrecognized, potential human health threat from cyanotoxins in our coastal waters, raising new concerns for recreation, harvesting of finfish and shellfish, […]

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NOAA-Funded Workshop Addresses State of Harmful Algal Bloom Sensors

In late January 2017, NCCOS scientists Marc Suddleson and Greg Doucette joined U.S. and international colleagues at an Alliance for Coastal Technologies workshop to evaluate the state of harmful algal bloom (HAB) sensor technologies. Attendees focused on ways to expedite sensor transition to commercialization and the potential for integrating sensors with coastal monitoring, ocean observing, and […]

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NCCOS Judges Underwater Robotics Competition for Middle and High School Students

NCCOS researchers served as judges of the 2017 Charleston Regional SeaPerch Challenge held in Charleston, South Carolina. The event provides middle and high school students with the opportunity to learn about science, engineering, technology, and mathematics (STEM) while building an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) as part of a science and engineering technology curriculum. The competition […]

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NCCOS Research on Display at 2017 Aquatic Sciences Meeting

From February 26 to March 3, 2017 the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) held its biennial Aquatic Sciences Meeting in Honolulu, Hawai′i. NCCOS scientists and sponsored investigators shared their research results with thousands of limnologists and oceanographers from around the world. Topics included harmful algal blooms, hypoxia, science to management applications, […]

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New Guidance for Standardized Deep-Sea Observations

A new NCCOS report analyzes the application of the Coastal and Marine Ecological Classification Standard (CMECS) in Deep-Sea benthic surveys in the Northeast Pacific. The CMECS is intended to unify habitat classification efforts, in order to allow for broader integration and comparison of data. Habitat classification is important because it helps to identify deep-sea corals, hydrocarbon seep communities, […]

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More Complete Dolphin Genome Could Improve Assessments

A new, more exhaustive Atlantic bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) genome, or complete set of the species’ genetic material, was completed by NOAA partners at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI). Genetic data from T. truncatus blood and skin studies were made available by NOAA’s NCCOS […]

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Hardened Shorelines Decrease Small Fish and Invertebrate Abundance

New NCCOS-sponsored research shows that shoreline hardening has mostly negative effects on estuarine animals. This is evident both at a local scale directly next to a hardened shoreline and at the larger system-wide scale as the percent of shoreline hardening accumulated in an estuarine area. Scientists examined 15 common fish and invertebrate species in tributaries of […]

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Depth Affects Algal Symbiont Composition in Caribbean Coral

First of Four Articles on Research Findings on Mesophotic Coral Reefs NCCOS-funded researchers investigating the diversity of symbiotic algae (Symbiodinium spp.) associated with the coral Agaricia lamarcki in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands found the coral’s algal associations change with depth. Light-dependent corals form a mutually beneficial relationship (symbiosis) with the single-celled algae […]

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