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NCCOS, Partners Prepare Harmful Algal Bloom Sensor for First-ever Deployment in Lake Erie

NCCOS scientists and their partners have completed technical preparations for the first deployment of an Environmental Sample Processor (ESP) in the Great Lakes. The ESP—already in use on the U.S. East and West Coasts—is an autonomous, underwater robot that can detect harmful algal bloom cells and toxins in water samples that it collects and analyzes. […]

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NOAA Hollings Scholars Provide New Toxicity Data on Oil Spill Dispersants

NOAA Hollings scholars Brittany Evans (Eckerd College) and Catherine Nguyen (University of Maryland) spent this summer at the NCCOS laboratory in Charleston, South Carolina, researching the effects of oil spill dispersants on estuarine species. Evans compared dispersant toxicity in snails under different salinities, while Nguyen investigated the effects of dispersants on grass shrimp development. Their findings will […]

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Workshop Supports HAB Toxin Detection Technologies for Asian-Pacific Laboratories

Toxins produced by harmful algal blooms (HABs) accumulate in marine resources and are a major cause of human seafood poisoning around the world, which impedes economic development and international trade. Tests developed by NCCOS to measure levels of HAB toxins, known as receptor binding assays (RBA), are a standard method for regulatory use and are in […]

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Meeting Challenges in Estuarine and Coastal Ecosystem Science

Along with individual stressor-based research projects, NCCOS undertakes a broader ecosystem approach using larger, multidisciplinary research projects. A recent essay authored in part by NCCOS sponsored scientists gives perspectives on challenges and paths for advancing estuarine science; NCCOS research strives to meet these challenges. Five major research challenges were identified: (1) Maintaining and improving spatially distributed time-series datasets; […]

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Choptank Habitat Focus Area Ecosystem Services Project Kicks Off

On May 9, 2015,  physical scientist Suzanne Bricker, from CCEHBR’s Cooperative Oxford Laboratory (COL), participated with other physical scientists and economists from NOAA’s Chesapeake Bay Program Office (NCBO), National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), Office of Habitat Conservation (OHC), University of Maryland, and Morgan State University, in a meeting to kick-off the Choptank River Ecosystem Services […]

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NCCOS Studies Shoreline Cleaner Effects on Crude Oil

NCCOS scientists recently used tidal estuarine simulation units (mesocosms) to study the crude oil-removal efficiency of shoreline cleaners and the potential impacts of removed oil on an estuary. Oil spills that occur in estuaries, bays, or enclosed harbors have the potential to contaminate docks, bulkheads, ship hulls, and sensitive estuarine habitat. Depending on the situation […]

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NCCOS Shares Ecosystem Services Project Results with NOAA Social Sciences Committee

At this month’s NOAA Social Sciences Committee meeting, Dr. Suzanne Bricker (NCCOS) highlighted a recent project on quantification and valuation of the nutrient removal capability of cultivated oysters in Long Island Sound and the Great Bay–Piscataqua estuary. Oysters filter nutrients from the water. The project team quantified this nutrient removal using a model that measured water quality and oyster […]

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Producing a new Reference Material for Paralytic Shellfish Toxin Monitoring

Saxitoxins, produced by species of harmful algal blooms (HABs), cause paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) when contaminated seafood is consumed. For nearly 50 years the U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has provided a saxitoxin dihydrochloride standard to state shellfish laboratories and others who monitor seafood safety, and has distributed it as a National Institutes of Standards […]

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