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NCCOS Maps Habitats of the U.S. Virgin Islands Insular Shelf

NCCOS scientists conducted an accuracy assessment in the U.S. Virgin Islands from January 30 to February 13, 2017 to evaluate the thematic accuracy of a draft benthic habitat map of the South Eastern Puerto Rican Shelf.  This new benthic habitat map will provide baseline information to help guide the monitoring and management of important coral […]

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NCCOS a Big Player at 2017 Gulf of Mexico Alliance Meeting

NCCOS scientists and sponsored principal investigators (PIs) joined hundreds of other scientists and managers interested in the ecology and sustainability of the Gulf of Mexico at the Gulf of Mexico Alliance (GOMA) 2017 All Hands Meeting in Houston, Texas, in late March. With research spanning decades, NCCOS supports a robust research portfolio in the Gulf […]

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International Collaboration Investigates Ciguatoxin Toxicity Around the Globe

The first assessment of toxicity differences among the many known Gambierdiscus strains or species responsible for Ciguatera Fish Poisoning (CFP) in humans from consumption of fish contaminated with ciguatoxin was published in Harmful Algae. The international effort was led by Francesco Pisapia from IFREMER and included scientists from NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, […]

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Renewed Interest to Study Ciguatera Risks in Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument

Dr. Alison Robertson, an NCCOS ECOHAB sponsored ciguatera expert with the University of South Alabama and Dauphin Island Sea Lab (USA\DISL), is helping the NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS) assess human health threats related to ciguatera fish poisoning in island waters within the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument (PMNM). Ciguatera is a major, if not the […]

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Southeast Deep Coral Initiative: NOAA Multi-Year Effort to Study Deep-Sea Corals

A new NOAA report outlines the objectives and activities of the Southeast Deep Coral Initiative (SEDCI). The initiative is a coordinated, cross-line office effort that includes partners from NOAA Fisheries, Ocean and Atmospheric Research, and National Ocean Service; and aims to collect scientific information needed to manage deep-sea coral ecosystems across the Southeast U.S through […]

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A Primer to Living Shorelines Published

A synthesis of recent thinking and results from practitioners and researchers of Living Shorelines just hit the stands. “Living Shorelines: The Science and Management of Nature-Based Coastal Protection,” details many aspects of the shoreline stabilization approach, and specifically includes: (1) background: history and evolution; (2) management, policy, and design; (3) synthesis of Living Shoreline science: physical […]

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HAB Study Confirms Alexandrium in Alaska, Develops Global Test Method

In an effort to provide forecasting and detection products that empower communities to take action on HAB issues, a new publication in Phycologia documents the presence of Alexandrium fundyense and A. ostenfeldii in Alaska and describes the development of quantitative PCR (qPCR) assays for these species.  This is the first large-scale confirmation of Alexandrium species in Alaska, which are responsible for causing paralytic […]

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Multiple Marine and Freshwater Algal Toxins Documented in Southern California

NCCOS-sponsored scientists recently documented the occurrence of several, potentially harmful cyanobacteria and associated toxins at the land-sea interface along the southern California coast. Their newly published findings in the journal Toxins reveal a previously unrecognized, potential human health threat from cyanotoxins in our coastal waters, raising new concerns for recreation, harvesting of finfish and shellfish, […]

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