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Climate Patterns Influence Amount of Fecal Bacteria in Maryland Shellfish Harvest Waters

NCCOS scientists and their partners have identified a link between inter-annual patterns of precipitation and air temperature and fecal coliform levels in shellfish harvest waters in Maryland’s portion of the Chesapeake Bay. Drawing on 34 years of monitoring data (1979–2013) from the Maryland Department of the Environment, the team found that fecal coliform tended to be […]

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Blue Carbon Potential of Living Shorelines

A recent NOAA study shows Living Shorelines are not only an excellent method of erosion control for coastal properties but also sequester carbon which increases coastal resilience. Living shorelines are a green infrastructure technique of incorporating native vegetation alone or in combination with offshore sills to stabilize the shoreline. Continued use of the living shoreline […]

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National Coastal Ocean and Estuary Conference Provides Platform for NCCOS Research

The 23rd biennial Coasatal and Estuarine Research Federation Conference (CERF), held in Portland, Oregon this November, highlighted the scope of research sponsored by NCCOS including harmful algae and their toxins and ocean acidification and hypoxia (low dissolved oxygen) interactions. NCCOS exclusively hosted a major session and co-hosted a second major session with the NOAA Office of Oceanic […]

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NCCOS Delivers Hard Truths on Hardened Shorelines in the Mid-Atlantic

NCCOS-sponsored researchers have found that hardened shorelines have negative effects on fish; invertebrates, such as oysters and crabs; and submerged aquatic vegetation. Shoreline hardening is an attempt to stabilize coastal land and protect residential and commercial infrastructure along the coast by building structures, like seawalls, to hold back the sea and prevent the loss of sediment. […]

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NOAA Environmental Cooperative Science Center Student Researches Blue Carbon

A graduate student at University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley, Leticia Contreras, recently completed a month-long stay at NOAA’s Center for Coastal Fisheries and Habitat Research in Beaufort, NC.  Contreras worked with NCCOS scientist Carolyn Currin and NRC post-doc Nathan McTigue to test several hypotheses about factors influencing the rate of mangrove leaf decomposition, the subject of […]

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NCCOS and Partners Conduct Ecological Assessment in NOAA’s Choptank Habitat Focus Area

NCCOS led a six month-long ecological assessment (EA) this year in the Tred Avon River, the largest tributary of the Choptank River in Chesapeake Bay. The Choptank River Complex is one of ten U.S. Habitat Focus Areas designated by NOAA for the purpose of concentrating agency investments and expertise at the landscape scale to improve […]

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NOAA Releases Guidance for the Use of Living Shorelines

NOAA released Guidance for Considering the Use of Living Shorelines today. This Guidance was developed in an agency wide effort to clarify NOAA’s encouragement for the use of living shorelines as a shoreline stabilization technique along sheltered coasts. Living shorelines can preserve and improve habitats and their ecosystem services at the land-water interface. Although erosion is […]

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Dolphin Entanglements Follow Historic 1,000 Year Rainfall in South Carolina

From October 1 through October 5, 2015 South Carolina experienced a catastrophic rainfall event that produced over 24 inches of rain in some areas from Columbia to Charleston. On October 8 a dolphin was found alive entangled in a crab pot line on the south side of Charleston Harbor where the Ashley River discharges. A […]

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