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NCCOS Living Shorelines Research Attracts International Audience

A delegation from the Ecosystem Conservation Society of Japan (ECS-J) recently visited the NCCOS laboratory in Beaufort, NC to learn about living shorelines.† ECS-J is the largest conservation group in Japan, and works with environmental organizations, government agencies and research groups in Japan and abroad to promote environmental conservation. The visit was prompted by the […]

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NOAA Improves Monitoring of Ciguatera in Fish

NCCOS and their partners have developed a new method for detecting ciguatoxins in fish that does not rely on the typical use of radioisotopes, which are highly regulated and often unavailable in remote tropical regions where ciguatera incidence is high.†More than 50,000 people suffer from ciguatera fish poisoning each year by consuming fish tainted with […]

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Regional Consortium Expands Acoustics in Ecosystem Science

The Southeast Acoustics Consortium (SEAC) held its third biennial forum at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission office in St. Petersburg, Florida on March 22-24.† Over fifty participants heard presentations on research applications using high-frequency sonars for surveying marine organisms, mapping seafloor habitats, enhancing ocean observatories, and using ambient noise to study natural soundscapes […]

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Interagency Workshop Improves SE Atlantic Habitat Mapping Coordination

Increased use of our coastal ocean for energy, commerce, and recreation is calling for improved data to support ocean planning and ecosystem management.† The baseline condition and characterization of seafloor habitats is an important base layer needed for minimizing impacts to natural resources.† During the March 15-16 workshop hosted by NCCOS, Southeast and Caribbean Regional […]

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2016 Ocean Sciences Meeting Showcases NCCOS Research

The 2016 Ocean Sciences Meeting this past winter featured the research of NCCOS scientists and sponsored principal investigators. Topics included ocean acidification, hypoxia, blue carbon, and harmful algal blooms. NCCOS scientists and sponsored researchers gave 24 oral and poster presentations and co-chaired six†special sessions. The biennial Ocean Sciences Meeting consists of a diverse program covering […]

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NCCOS Informs Michigan Decision Against Great Lakes Net-Pen Aquaculture

The Michigan Departments of Agriculture and Rural Development, National Resources, and Environmental Quality have decided not to allow siting of net-pen aquaculture operations in state waters of the Great Lakes.† In December 2014, two proposals were submitted to the state agencies to create a net-pen industry in northern Lake Michigan and northern Lake Huron.† After […]

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NCCOS and BOEM Publish Wind Energy Area Ecological Assessment

A report published by NCCOS and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) provides the most comprehensive ecological study of an offshore Wind Energy Area (WEA) near Wilmington, NC.† The Outer Continental Shelf located off of North Carolina has some of the best conditions to support offshore wind energy in the southeast U.S., according to […]

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NOS and NCCOS Leadership Experience Beaufort Lab Science

Last month, the NOAA Beaufort Lab received two†high level visitors: David Holst, the Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator of NOS, and Mary Erickson, the Director of NCCOS. The NOAA campus in Beaufort, North Carolina houses researchers from the National Marine Fisheries Service, NOSís National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, and the North Carolina Coastal Reserve and […]

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