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Research Links Land Use, Shoreline Hardening, and Species Abundance

Recent NCCOS research provides solid evidence that reduced aquatic species abundance in the Northeast is linked with increased agricultural land use and hardened shorelines. Results from the study are published in the September issue of Estuaries and Coasts and highlighted in Coastal & Estuarine Science News (CESN). The overall research project evaluated 587 sites, 39 sub-estuaries, and 15 […]

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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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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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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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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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Hardened Shorelines Decrease Small Fish and Invertebrate Abundance

New NCCOS-sponsored research shows that shoreline hardening has mostly negative effects on estuarine animals. This is evident both at a local scale directly next to a hardened shoreline and at the larger system-wide scale as the percent of shoreline hardening accumulated in an estuarine area. Scientists examined 15 common fish and invertebrate species in tributaries of […]

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