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Can You Guess What Deep-sea Animal We Saw off the Channel Islands?

This past spring NCCOS scientists and their partners explored and mapped part of the seafloor in the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary (see May 30 news post). The data gathered are being used to fill gaps in sanctuary maps, characterize seafloor habitat, and help inform management decisions within and around the sanctuary. The team’s remotely operated […]

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Why the Exceptional Toxicity during the 2015 West Coast Harmful Algal Bloom?

New research sponsored by NCCOS explains what might have caused the high toxicity in Monterey Bay, CA during the massive 2015 toxic bloom of the marine diatom Pseudo-nitzschia along the West Coast of the United States. Based on NCCOS research, warm water, nutrients, or a combination of factors may have caused the bloom and to some extent […]

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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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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 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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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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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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NOAA-Funded Workshop Addresses State of Harmful Algal Bloom Sensors

In late January 2017, NCCOS scientists Marc Suddleson and Greg Doucette joined U.S. and international colleagues at an Alliance for Coastal Technologies workshop funded by NOAA Integrated Ocean Observing System to evaluate the state of harmful algal bloom (HAB) sensor technologies. Attendees focused on ways to expedite sensor transition to commercialization and the potential for integrating […]

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