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Samples from NOAA Mesophotic Coral Study Become Part of Smithsonian Collection

Last month, NCCOS Charleston staff transported a collection of 228 deep-water octocoral samples to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, Museum Support Center in Suitland, Maryland, and aided in the transfer of the samples to permanent containers. All of the samples were collected on reefs in the mesophotic zone (100–500 feet deep) in the Northern Gulf of Mexico […]

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New Coral Area Discovered in 2014 in the Gulf of Mexico is Two Times Larger than Previously Thought

Preliminary results from the fourth and final Coral Ecosystem Connectivity expedition (22 August – 4 September 2015) to Pulley Ridge (off the southwest coast of Florida) show the new coral area discovered in 2014 is two times larger than previously thought. Pulley Ridge, the deepest photosynthetic reef off the continental U.S., is one of the […]

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Ciguatera Fish Poisoning Predicted to Increase with Rising Ocean Temperatures

A new NOAA study, published in the journal Ecological Modeling, anticipates an increase in the incidence of ciguatera fish poisoning (CFP) in the Gulf of Mexico and the U.S. Southeast Atlantic coast with predicted rising global ocean temperatures due to climate change. Stable or slightly lower risks of CFP are forecasted for the Caribbean Sea. Researchers from […]

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Why Nutrient-Enriched Waters Favor Large Single-Cell Algae

Ecological studies show that bottom-up (e.g., nutrient input) and top-down (e.g., grazing/predation) pressures may change the structure of aquatic ecosystems with “cascading” effects throughout the food chain. Recent research supports that zooplankton grazing in high-nutrient waters promotes the growth of larger phytoplankton over smaller species, creating a higher abundance of these larger single celled algae within the food web. Using samples […]

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NOAA and Louisiana Collaborate on Mississippi River Diversion Management

The 5th Annual NOAA/Northern Gulf Institute Gulf Hypoxia Research Coordination Workshop brought together Louisiana state officials, federal and other state agencies, NGOs, and academic scientists with interests in identifying a path forward to restore Louisiana’s coastal wetlands, reduce the size of the annual Gulf of Mexico hypoxic zone, and sustain the ecological and socioeconomic benefits of […]

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Sea Level Rise Shoreline Model Reconstructs Past to Predict Future

A unique NCCOS sponsored study, recently published in Contenental Shelf Research, examined the influence of sea level rise (SLR) on historic mainland and barrier island beaches and salt marshes of Mississippi’s Grand Bay in Mississippi Sound. The research used historical data to investigate how excess erosion in Grand Bay and SLR will affect any future changes […]

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NCCOS Sponsors 20 New Research Projects

NCCOS awarded nearly $4.5 million in new research grants while maintaining sponsorship of 42 continuing projects during 2015 for a total of $8.2 million in funding for innovative research. All of the endeavors address significant and complex coastal issues. The projects were selected using a rigorous, competitive, and peer-review process. The cutting-edge research will provide critical […]

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