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New Guidance for Standardized Deep-Sea Observations

A new NCCOS report analyzes the application of the Coastal and Marine Ecological Classification Standard (CMECS) in Deep-Sea benthic surveys in the Northeast Pacific. The CMECS is intended to unify habitat classification efforts, in order to allow for broader integration and comparison of data. Habitat classification is important because it helps to identify deep-sea corals, hydrocarbon seep communities, […]

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Hardened Shorelines Decrease Small Fish and Invertebrate Abundance

New NCCOS-sponsored research shows that shoreline hardening has mostly negative effects on estuarine animals. This is evident both at a local scale directly next to a hardened shoreline and at the larger system-wide scale as the percent of shoreline hardening accumulated in an estuarine area. Scientists examined 15 common fish and invertebrate species in tributaries of […]

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Depth Affects Algal Symbiont Composition in Caribbean Coral

NCCOS-funded researchers investigating the diversity of symbiotic algae (Symbiodinium spp.) associated with the coral Agaricia lamarcki in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands found the coral’s algal associations change with depth. Light-dependent corals form a mutually beneficial relationship (symbiosis) with the single-celled algae Symbiodinium, commonly known as zooxanthellae, which provide energy for the coral […]

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Picking the Right Spot: Offshore Wind Energy

The recent NOAA Ocean Podcost, Picking the Right Spot: Offshore Wind Energy, features NOAA science of how to use marine biogeography – the study of marine species, the geographic distribution of their habitats, and the relationships between living organisms and the environment – to help locate the best locations to place potential future alternative energy sites in […]

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Reducing Migratory Duck Mortality on Padre Island, TX

An extremely toxic Microcystis bloom on a pond in the Padre Island National Seashore was associated with a significant mortality of redhead ducks (Aythya americana). The primary concern is the mortality of redhead ducks that use this region as a major wintering ground. The NCCOS Event Response Program has funded a researcher from Texas A&M University […]

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Hypoxia Effects on Fish and Fisheries in the Gulf of Mexico

Dr. Kim de Mutsert, lead Principal Investigator (PI) for the newly awarded Northern Gulf of Mexico project “User-driven tools to predict and assess effects of reduced nutrients an hypoxia on living resources in the Gulf of Mexico,” led a workshop entitled “Hypoxia effects on fish and fisheries” at the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and […]

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Online Tool Explores Sea Level Rise and Coastal Marsh Health Scenarios

A new online tool developed by the University of South Carolina, with funding through NCCOS’s Ecological Effects of Sea Level Rise program (EESLR), allows users to evaluate scenarios of coastal saltmarsh health under a suite of sea level rise conditions. In addition to visualizing results through the web interface, users can download the results to […]

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Gulf of Mexico Sea Level Rise Tools Delivered to Coastal Managers

NCCOS staff and their partners held a workshop last month in Alabama to demonstrate and transfer sea level rise tools and data to regional coastal managers. Hosted by the Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR), over 40 representatives from federal, state, and local agencies and non-governmental organizations engaged in training sessions and hands-on activities […]

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