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Small Fish Could Be In Big Trouble Without Wetlands

Coastal population growth and a desire to guard against sea level rise and coastal erosion has led to extensive conversions of natural wetlands and beaches to bulkheads and riprap. A new NCCOS-funded study recently published in Estuaries and Coasts explores how these changes are affecting fish and crustaceans in nearshore areas of Chesapeake Bay. Across all species, small […]

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NCCOS, Maryland Sea Grant Oyster Project Highlighted in Bay Journal

A joint NCCOS and Maryland Sea Grant project that estimates the nutrient-removal benefits to the Chesapeake Bay provided by oyster aquaculture was highlighted in the Bay Journal last week. The project included partnering with Maryland oyster growers to study the potential role of oyster filter feeding as a nutrient management tool and the value of that […]

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Ocean Warming Expands Range of Harmful Algal Blooms

A recent study led by NCCOS and Stony Brook University concludes that rising ocean temperatures are expanding the geographical range of harmful algal blooms and intensifying the blooms themselves in the North Atlantic and North Pacific oceans. Using high-resolution, ocean temperature data to model trends in growth rates and bloom-season duration for two toxic algae, Alexandrium fundyense […]

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NCCOS Helps Evaluate Water Quality at Largest Oyster Restoration Site in Chesapeake Bay

NCCOS scientists participated in a workshop last month in Annapolis, Maryland, to evaluate the relationship between water quality and the restored oyster reef in Harris Creek, near Tilghman Island in Chesapeake Bay. Harris Creek was the first tributary selected for restoration under the multi-agency Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement, which aims to restore oysters in 10 bay tributaries […]

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NCCOS Featured for Work on Oysters as a Nutrient BMP

NCCOS and colleagues from the Fisheries lab in Milford and the Oyster Recover Partnership were featured in The Fish Farmer’s Magazine, Aquaculture North America. While oysters are delicious and a good source of iron and omega 3 fatty acids for a healthy diet, oysters also benefit water quality by removal of detritus and phytoplankton from the water through […]

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NOAA Builds Relationship for Resource Management with Wampanoag Tribe

Last March, NCCOS joined other NOAA partners in a roundtable event with the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council, sponsored by the NOAA North Atlantic Regional Collaboration Team. The meeting facilitated partnerships and the exchange of ideas between the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and NOAA regarding fisheries, habitat, and water quality. Historical records show the Algonquian-speaking Wampanoag encountered the English colonists of the […]

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Collaboration with new Scholar and NOAA Ocean Acidification Program Show Potenital

This past month, NCCOS welcomed a new Hollings Scholar, Madison Uetrecht, who will study the effects of ocean acidification on oyster growth under Dr. Beth Turner over the summer months. They visited Mook Sea Farm, where Uetrecht will conduct out-planting experiments with juvenile oysters to assess whether shell growth and calcification changes during different field ocean acidification (OA) conditions. […]

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