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Robotic Environmental Sample Processor Conserves Samples for HAB Species Identification

Sponsored researchers with the NCCOS ECOHAB project looking at regional harmful algal bloom “hotspots” off coastal California are testing the feasibility of using a robotic water quality and toxin detection device, the Environmental Sample Processor or ESP, to collect the glass cells (silicon frustules) of the diatom Pseudo-nitzschia for species identification and assessing geographic distribution. Certain species […]

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Investigating Tissue Contaminant Levels in Shellfish from Vieques, Puerto Rico

New research from NOAA found tissue concentrations of toxic contaminants in queen conch (Strombus gigas), including metals, energetic compounds (associated with munitions), and the pesticide DDT from Vieques, Puerto Rico. The measured contaminant levels were similar to elsewhere in the Caribbean despite decades of military activities on the island. A team of scientists from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean […]

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Long Island Shellfish Industry Briefed on Climate Impacts

On March 2, 2016, approximately 20 people involved in the shellfish industry on Long Island, NY met with Dr. Chris Gobler at his Stony Brook University laboratory to learn about some of the threats climate change could pose to shellfish hatchery and grow-out operations. Participants included county shellfish managers, town hatchery operators, private shellfish companies, […]

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Retired NCCOS Employee Honored with New Species Name

On February 18, 2016 at the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force’s 35th meeting, the Caribbean Coral Reef Institute at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez recognized Dr. Michael Dowgiallo, retired Regional Ecosystem Research Branch Chief for NCCOS’s Center for Sponsored Coastal Ocean Research, by naming a new harpacticoid copepod species in his honor. The new […]

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Envisioning a Plankton Imaging Network to Address Gulf of Mexico Coastal Management Needs

In mid-January, 2016, NCCOS funded investigators from Texas A&M University and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution convened a group of scientists and managers to produce a first-ever consensus vision for a network of real-time, continuous plankton imaging sensors or Imaging FlowCytobots (IFCB) in the Gulf of Mexico. The envisioned network will expand a harmful algal […]

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California Ocean Protection Council Briefed on Harmful Algal Bloom Impacts

At a recent meeting of the California Ocean Protection Council (OPC), a panel of researchers and managers briefed the council on the Summer 2015 West Coast harmful algal bloom (HAB) event and other troubling changing ocean conditions. The presentation highlighted the value of past and current NCCOS competitive HAB programs. These program investments in modeling, monitoring, observing and […]

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NCCOS Employee Graduates from NOAA Blacks in Government Mentoring and Leadership Program

Congratulations to NCCOS employee, Belinda Briscoe, who recently graduated from the inaugural 2015 class of the NOAA Chapter of Blacks In Government (BIG), a pilot mentoring and leadership program. This six-month program strives to provide enhanced mentoring and training opportunities for participants.  The program included regular one-on-one meetings with mentors, shadowing opportunities and participation in […]

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Gulf of Mexico Phytoplankton Communities Altered after Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

On April 20, 2010, an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil drilling platform released millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, making it the largest marine oil spill in U.S. history with documented negative impacts to zooplankton, fish, birds, sea turtles, and marine mammals. Now, new research partially funded by NCCOS has disclosed negative impacts […]

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