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NOAA Completes Socioeconomic Analysis of Puerto Rico Reefs

The Socioeconomic Component of the National Coral Reef Monitoring Program (NCRMP), which gathers and monitors a collection of socioeconomic indicators in seven U.S. coral jurisdictions, recently released a report outlining human dimension data relevant to coral reef resources in Puerto Rico, with survey results representative of each of the nine Puerto Rican regions (Aguadilla, Arecibo, […]

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NCCOS Responds to Southern California Harmful Algal Bloom Event

Starting late March- early April 2017, researchers, managers, and animal response networks working in Southern California coastal communities noted an increase in wildlife impacts consistent with the onset of a harmful algal bloom (HAB). They observed a large die-off of seabirds in Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Los Angeles Counties and an influx of sea lions […]

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Panels Supports Chesapeake Bay Program and Oyster Recovery Partnership

Chesapeake Bay Program Oyster Best Management Practice (BMP) Expert Panelists from NCCOS and from the Northeast Fisheries Science Center participated in the Open Feedback Meeting on Monday May 22, 2017 at the Potomac Fishery Commission building in Colonial Beach, VA. The intent was to review progress and receive comments from stakeholders on the nitrogen and […]

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NOAA Conducts Seafloor Mapping and Exploration off Channel Islands

Fisheries and coastal zone managers depend on fine scale bathymetry and habitat maps for critical management decisions, yet within NOAA’s Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary (CINMS), a large part of the seafloor remains un-mapped and unexplored. From April 26th to May 11th, teams from CINMS, the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, Office of Coast […]

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NCCOS Shorelines Research Featured on NOAA Chesapeake Bay Website

Managers and policy makers concerned about shoreline hardening in the Mid-Atlantic region can now find pertinent research results summarized in an accessible document. NCCOS supported a multi-partner project conducted from 2009 to 2015 to investigate the ecological effects of hardened shorelines, watershed development and invasive marsh grass species on nearshore ecosystems. The NOAA Chesapeake Bay […]

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BBC Documentary Highlights Microplastics Detection in Bottlenose Dolphins

NCCOS scientists and collaborators from the College of Charleston detected microplastics in gut samples of bottlenose dolphins for the first time. While microplastics have been visibly detected in other marine wildlife species, they had not been observed in bottlenose dolphins until now. The research, conducted in coordination with the NOAA Marine Debris Program, will expand knowledge of […]

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NCCOS Research Featured in EPA Harmful Algal Blooms Regional Forum

Southwestern states and Pacific Islands are experiencing increasing occurrences of harmful algal blooms in both coastal ocean and freshwater bodies. Recently the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in collaboration with a key regional partner, the California Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program, convened a forum for federal, state, tribal and local agencies, lake managers, and water […]

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Multi-Agency Team Tracks Restored North Carolina Wetland

Wilson Bay in Jacksonville, NC was transformed from a polluted waterway to a healthy wetland ecosystem by a community-wide partnership. To assess the success and future health of the restored wetlands, a multidisciplinary team is tracking the habitat restoration site. Partners include NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS), University of North Carolina Institute of Marine Sciences […]

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