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Establishing Sustainable and Cooperative Dead Zone Monitoring in the Gulf of Mexico

Scientists, managers, and agency personnel from 26 stakeholder agencies and institutions met to establish a sustainable multi-partner hypoxia monitoring program in the northern Gulf of Mexico at the NCCOS sponsored 6th Annual NOAA/Northern Gulf Institute Hypoxia Research Coordination Workshop. The 2012 Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia Monitoring Implementation Plan and subsequent workshops provided a foundation to move […]

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NCCOS Research Featured at International Symposium for Deep-Sea Corals

NCCOS research was featured at the 6th International Symposium for Deep-Sea Corals (ISDSC),  in Boston MA from September 12-16. NCCOS oral presentations included explorations of deep-sea coral gardens in the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, effects of oil on deep-water gorgonian corals from the Gulf of Mexico with implications for the Deepwater Horizon spill, and a […]

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Study Shows Harmful Algal Bloom Species Has Distinct Bacterial Flora

A new study supported in part by the NCCOS Monitoring and Event Response for Harmful Algal Blooms (MERHAB) finds the harmful algal bloom (HAB)-forming diatom Pseudo-nitschia (PN) maintains a distinct bacterial community living on and near its exterior cell wall. The findings offer new insights into possibly using bacteria as indicators of HAB species composition, control […]

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Extensive Hawaiian Reefs in Oceanic “Twilight Zone” Harbor Many Unique Species

NOAA-supported scientists working in the Hawaiian Archipelago documented some of the most expansive mesophotic reefs (deeper light-dependent reefs between 100-500 feet depths) in what some refer to as the oceanic “twilight zone.” The exploration revealed several large areas of 100-percent coral cover, particularly in Maui’s ʻAu‘au Channel. Of the fish species observed, 43 percent were unique to […]

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NOAA Funds Harmful Algal Bloom Forecast System Development in Pacific Northwest

NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) are funding development of a harmful algal bloom (HAB) forecast in the Pacific Northwest to support management of shellfisheries, clamming beaches, and human health. The experimental monitoring and forecasting system will launch in 2017, with forecast bulletins predicting bloom location and concentration several days in advance. Annual […]

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NCCOS Begins Work to Support Wisconsin–Lake Michigan Sanctuary Designation

Last week, a team from NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) and Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS) met with Wisconsin stakeholders to help inform and design baseline socioeconomic and environmental assessments in support of the Wisconsin–Lake Michigan sanctuary designation. Meeting participants identified stakeholder research priorities and shaped plans to map important lakebed areas, […]

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New Benthic Habitat Mapping Technologies Evaluated

NCCOS scientists recently evaluated new, benthic habitat mapping technologies and methods during a five-day mission at Flat Cay in St. Thomas, USVI. Benthic habitats in the Caribbean—including, coral reefs, seagrass beds, and mangroves—provide many important ecosystem services, such as fishing, tourism, and shoreline protection. Accurate maps of these habitats are integral to their management. The […]

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