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Study Assesses Ecological Conditions in Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary

A new report from NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) describes ecological conditions and stressors in sediments and biota in Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary (GRNMS), located off of Sapelo Island, Georgia. The study supports an ongoing partnership, initiated in 2000, between NCCOS and GRNMS to provide periodic environmental assessments of the sanctuary […]

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Samples from NOAA Mesophotic Coral Study Become Part of Smithsonian Collection

Last month, NCCOS Charleston staff transported a collection of 228 deep-water octocoral samples to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, Museum Support Center in Suitland, Maryland, and aided in the transfer of the samples to permanent containers. All of the samples were collected on reefs in the mesophotic zone (100–500 feet deep) in the Northern Gulf of Mexico […]

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Climate Patterns Influence Amount of Fecal Bacteria in Maryland Shellfish Harvest Waters

NCCOS scientists and their partners have identified a link between inter-annual patterns of precipitation and air temperature and fecal coliform levels in shellfish harvest waters in Maryland’s portion of the Chesapeake Bay. Drawing on 34 years of monitoring data (1979–2013) from the Maryland Department of the Environment, the team found that fecal coliform tended to be […]

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NOS Awards Ceremony Honors Seven NCCOS Employees

The 2015 National Ocean Service (NOS) Employee Recognition and Award Ceremony honored seven NCCOS staff members for outstanding contributions, accomplishments, and coordination efforts within NOS and NOAA. Russell Callender, Acting Assistant Administrator for NOS, and Mary Erickson, Director of NCCOS, presented the awards to the recipients. The 2015 NCCOS awardees: Employee of the Year Award […]

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U.S. Harmful Algae Symposium Highlights Latest NCCOS Research

NCCOS co-sponsored the Eighth Symposium on Harmful Algae in the United States, held this past November in Long Beach, California. The biennial event provides a forum for scientific exchange and technical communication on all aspects of harmful algal bloom (HAB) research in the U.S. NCCOS scientists, managers, and sponsored researchers led sessions on: bloom prediction, forecasting, […]

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Measuring Sunscreen Chemicals in South Carolina Coastal Waters

A recent NCCOS study in Marine Pollution Bulletin investigated the distribution of five sunscreen ingredients (oxybenzone, octocrylene, avobenzone, padimate-O, and octinoxate) measured in the coastal waters of South Carolina.  Sunscreen chemicals are increasingly used in personal care products to protect the skin from the damaging effects of UV radiation; however, laboratory studies showed that some of these chemicals […]

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National Coastal Ocean and Estuary Conference Provides Platform for NCCOS Research

The 23rd biennial Coasatal and Estuarine Research Federation Conference (CERF), held in Portland, Oregon this November, highlighted the scope of research sponsored by NCCOS including harmful algae and their toxins and ocean acidification and hypoxia (low dissolved oxygen) interactions. NCCOS exclusively hosted a major session and co-hosted a second major session with the NOAA Office of Oceanic […]

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Mesocosm Research Highlighted at International Meeting

Mesocosms are versatile test systems that can examine both structural and functional components of aquatic ecosystems in a laboratory setting. Since the late 1990s, researchers at NCCOS’s Charleston, South Carolina, laboratory have used mesocosms to evaluate the fate and effects of individual chemical contaminants and mixtures in a simulated salt marsh ecosystem. In a presentation […]

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