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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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Long Island Shellfish Industry Briefed on Climate Impacts

On March 2, 2016, approximately 20 people involved in the shellfish industry on Long Island, NY met with Dr. Chris Gobler at his Stony Brook University laboratory to learn about some of the threats climate change could pose to shellfish hatchery and grow-out operations. Participants included county shellfish managers, town hatchery operators, private shellfish companies, […]

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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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Scientist and Television Station Report Long Island Water Quality Index Weekly

An NCCOS-sponsored scientist partnered with a Long Island television station to create a public water quality index that keeps citizens informed of local water conditions. The online, interactive index provides weekly reports on six water quality parameters—dissolved oxygen, water clarity, temperature, chlorophyll, fecal bacteria, and harmful algal blooms (HABs)—in more than 25 water bodies in and […]

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NCCOS Welcomes New Sea Grant Fellow

NCCOS is pleased to welcome and host Knauss Marine Policy Fellow Dr. Trevor Meckley in 2016. Trevor has a PhD in Fisheries and Wildlife from Michigan State University and is sponsored by Michigan Sea Grant. The prestigious Knauss Fellowship, named after one of Sea Grant’s founders and former NOAA Administrator John A. Knauss, matches highly […]

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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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Coastal Development Impacts Puerto Rico’s Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems

NCCOS-supported research recently published in Coral Reefs suggests coastal development negatively impacts mesophotic coral ecosystems, which were previously considered less likely to be affected by anthropogenic activities due to their greater depths. The project assessed the vulnerability of light-dependent mesophotic coral ecosystems (MCEs) off the south coast of Puerto Rico to anthropogenic impacts. Results showed that MCEs located […]

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Maryland’s Nutrient Trading Program Educates Stakeholders

In order to prepare stakeholders for the implementation of Maryland’s revised nutrient trading guidance, the Maryland Departments of the Environment and Agriculture sponsored the Nutrient Trading Symposium in collaboration with the Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, and Maryland Grain Producers . The symposium was held on Friday, January 8, 2016 at […]

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