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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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Protected Species Assessment Addresses Interactions with Marine Aquaculture

New research from NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) assesses the impacts that aquaculture gear and infrastructure may have on protected species. Aquaculture already supplies more than half of the world’s seafood, and this contribution will likely rise dramatically over the next few decades. As coastal aquaculture expands, so does the potential for interactions […]

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2017 California Estuary Harmful Algal Bloom Monitoring Begins

Last month, NCCOS-sponsored scientists began harmful algae and algal toxin monitoring in California estuaries. The monitoring is part of a collaborative NOAA–state response to recent research showing that a mixture of marine and freshwater toxins can reside in estuarine waters. The research found that this toxic “cocktail” could also be fatal to shellfish, sea otters, […]

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