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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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Ecosystem Services of Shellfish in the Chesapeake Bay

NCCOS scientist Suzanne Bricker, along with project partner Matt Parker, a Maryland Sea Grant Aquaculture Business Specialist, kicked off their Shellfish Aquaculture and Payment for Ecosystem Services in Chesapeake Bay project on May 23 with the first sample collection. Collaborating with shellfish growers, this work will promote aquaculture production and provide data and information from different oyster cultivation practices needed […]

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Work Begins to Assess Emerging Algal Toxin Threat in Washington State Waters

In early June 2016, NOAA and Washington State partners begin a four-month long effort to monitor shellfish and water every week at six locations around Puget Sound and on the Pacific coast. The team plans to measure concentrations of marine algae and their associated lipophilic (fat soluble) toxins, which can accumulate in shellfish and cause […]

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Students Learn the Value of Cetacean Strandings in Detecting Coastal Change

More than 20 students and faculty from the University of Georgia’s Maymester program visited NCCOS in Charleston, SC to learn how cetacean strandings can be used for coastal change detection. The lecture, discussion, and tour of the facility included information on recent unusual mortality events, weather anomalies, microplastic ingestion, coastal development, and shared spatial use for resources […]

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