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New Study Finds Florida’s Guana Tolomato Matanzas Reserve in Good Ecological Condition

NCCOS scientists recently published an assessment of ecological conditions at the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) in Florida. The 2014 study integrated measures of water quality, sediment quality, and biological condition to assess the current status of the ecosystem within the reserve, as well as several locations outside of the reserve in the […]

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Beating the Spread: NCCOS Science Helps Managers NOT Gamble with Invasive Species

A recent publication by NCCOS-funded scientists shows how new invasive species in the Great Lakes are easily dispersed by Lake Michigan and Lake Erie currents. The team, led by Dr. Dima Beletsky of the NOAA Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research at the University of Michigan, modeled dispersal throughout the lakes from nearshore locations, such as […]

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Great Lakes Conference Highlights NCCOS Research

The International Association for Great Lakes Research’s (IAGLR) annual Conference on Great Lakes Research showcases the latest findings on the Great Lakes and other large lakes around the world. This year’s conference, held last month in Detriot, Michigan, highlighted a range of NCCOS research, including: ecological forecasting, remote sensing, habitat mapping, modeling, harmful algal blooms, chemical […]

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Helping Cleveland Provide the Highest Quality Drinking Water

The Lake Erie “dead zone” presents challenges for municipalities who draw water from Lake Erie. An NCCOS-funded project team of researchers at the NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory and the Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research is working with public water managers in Ohio to help them continue to provide citizens with high quality drinking […]

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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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BBC Documentary Highlights Microplastics Detection in Bottlenose Dolphins

NCCOS scientists and collaborators from the College of Charleston detected microplastics in gut samples of bottlenose dolphins for the first time. While microplastics have been visibly detected in other marine wildlife species, they had not been observed in bottlenose dolphins until now. The research, conducted in coordination with the NOAA Marine Debris Program, will expand knowledge of […]

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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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