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NCCOS Leads Key Topics at International Coral Reef Symposium

This week, staff from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) led special sessions and gave individual presentations at the 13th International Coral Reef Symposium in Honolulu, Hawaii. The symposium is one of the largest international gatherings that bring together researchers, managers, policy makers, non-governmental organizations, and the general public to share and discuss recent […]

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Investigating Tissue Contaminant Levels in Shellfish from Vieques, Puerto Rico

New research from NOAA found tissue concentrations of toxic contaminants in queen conch (Strombus gigas), including metals, energetic compounds (associated with munitions), and the pesticide DDT from Vieques, Puerto Rico. The measured contaminant levels were similar to elsewhere in the Caribbean despite decades of military activities on the island. A team of scientists from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean […]

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Gulf of Mexico Phytoplankton Communities Altered after Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

On April 20, 2010, an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil drilling platform released millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, making it the largest marine oil spill in U.S. history with documented negative impacts to zooplankton, fish, birds, sea turtles, and marine mammals. Now, new research partially funded by NCCOS has disclosed negative impacts […]

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NCCOS Scientists attend Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Conference

NCCOS staff and scientists from CCEHBR in Charleston, SC recently attended the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference in Tampa, Florida. The conference drew over 2,000 scientists, policymakers, students, and other stakeholders. CCEHBR’s presentations focused on oil and dispersant effects in estuarine organisms, toxicity effects to mesophotic octocorals, and oil spill related […]

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Land Use in Chesapeake Bay Watershed Influences Aquatic Health of Tributaries

A recent report released by the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) found relationships between land use, water quality, and several important aquatic organisms in certain tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay. This report synthesized six years of water quality and biological condition measurements in six Chesapeake Bay tributaries with different land use patterns. Linkages were explored […]

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Study Assesses Ecological Conditions in Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary

A new report from NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) describes ecological conditions and stressors in sediments and biota in Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary (GRNMS), located off of Sapelo Island, Georgia. The study supports an ongoing partnership, initiated in 2000, between NCCOS and GRNMS to provide periodic environmental assessments of the sanctuary […]

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Measuring Sunscreen Chemicals in South Carolina Coastal Waters

A recent NCCOS study in Marine Pollution Bulletin investigated the distribution of five sunscreen ingredients (oxybenzone, octocrylene, avobenzone, padimate-O, and octinoxate) measured in the coastal waters of South Carolina.  Sunscreen chemicals are increasingly used in personal care products to protect the skin from the damaging effects of UV radiation; however, laboratory studies showed that some of these chemicals […]

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NOAA and Navy Investigate Seasonal Cetacean Distribution In and Around St. Andrew Bay, Fla.

NCCOS researchers recently completed field work to identify the seasonal distribution and abundance of cetacean species in proximity to the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Panama City, Fla. The study—a collaboration among NCCOS, NOAA Fisheries, and the U.S. Navy—will examine whether cetacean distribution is correlated with particular environmental parameters or habitat types, which could aid future […]

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