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Panel Releases First Recommendations on Oyster Aquaculture Practices that Reduce Nutrients in Chesapeake Bay

This week the Chesapeake Bay Program and its partners approved the Oyster Best Management Practices Expert Panel’s first recommendations on specific oyster aquaculture practices that remove excess nitrogen and phosphorus from Chesapeake Bay. The recommendations are intended to become best management practices in support of the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load, pollution limits established by the U.S. […]

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NCCOS Releases Coastal Aquaculture Planning Portal

To better serve the nation’s coastal managers and planners, NCCOS partnered with the Office of Coastal Management’s Digital Coast team to develop the Coastal Aquaculture Planning Portal. The portal features over 20 tools that have specific applications for planning and siting of aquaculture operations and industries. For example, tools such as CanVis provide users with […]

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Tour America’s Coastal Aquaculture on MarineCadastre.gov

NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management and National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science have produced the first edition of the national coastal ocean aquaculture geospatial data layer. This project compiles current aquaculture data from 15 coastal states, standardizing aquaculture data into three categories (shellfish lease, finfish lease, and other [crustaceans, algae]). The layer shows the approximate location […]

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Studying the Impacts of Sea Level Rise on Hawaii Habitats

An NCCOS-funded Ecological Effects of Sea level Rise (EESLR) project led by The Nature Conservancy (TNC) on the Big Island of Hawaii is working to understand and predict the effect of sea-level rise on unique and historic Hawaiian groundwater-fed  pools, wetlands, and fishponds. On September 7, scientists joined local stakeholders at a Change Tool Development Workshop and […]

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Addressing Offshore Aquaculture in California

On September 27 in Long Beach, California, NOAA, Aquarium of the Pacific, and California Sea Grant, issued a report and held a workshop featuring proposed fish farming operations in Southern California’s offshore waters and current operations in U.S. marine waters. Participants sampled responsibly farmed U.S. seafood and explored live animal exhibits about aquaculture. The report […]

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New Funding to Protect Chesapeake Bay Oyster Aquaculture from Harmful Algal Blooms

Last week, NCCOS approved funding for the Virginia Institute of Marine Science and a Virginia commercial oyster grower to examine the impacts of harmful algal blooms on oyster aquaculture during active blooms of the toxic dinoflagellate algae Cochlodinium polykrikoides and Alexandrium monilatum. In late July 2016, a bloom of the two harmful algal species expanded, intensified, and […]

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Seaweed “Super Sucker”¯ Helping Restore Hawaii’s Kaneohe Bay

From 1998 to 2014, NCCOS supported the Hawaii Coral Reef Initiative (HCRI) to fund research on Hawaii’s coral reefs, including invasive algae and seaweed control measures. One outcome was the “Super Sucker”¯ in partnership with State of Hawaii and the Nature Conservancy (TNC) to remove invasive algae from Hawaii coral reefs and lagoons; the Super Sucker was […]

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NCCOS Shares Ecosystem Services Project Results with NOAA Social Sciences Committee

At this month’s NOAA Social Sciences Committee meeting, Dr. Suzanne Bricker (NCCOS) highlighted a recent project on quantification and valuation of the nutrient removal capability of cultivated oysters in Long Island Sound and the Great Bay–Piscataqua estuary. Oysters filter nutrients from the water. The project team quantified this nutrient removal using a model that measured water quality and oyster […]

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