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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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Discarded Aluminum Foil Contributes to Recent Bottlenose Dolphin Death

A necropsy of a female bottlenose dolphin stranded in emaciated condition last month on Edisto Beach, South Carolina, revealed a large piece of aluminum foil lodged in the marine mammal’s esophagus. The NCCOS scientists conducting the examination reported that the foil caused a complete blockage of the esophagus, resulting in the dolphin’s inability to swallow and […]

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First Compendium on Deep-water Algae of Puerto Rico Published

A new taxonomic publication describes the relatively unknown algal flora of mesophotic coral ecosystems in Puerto Rico. These ecosystems are characterized by the presence of light-dependent corals and associated communities found at depths ranging from 100 to 500 feet deep. The work, published in a recent issue of Smithsonian Contributions to Botany, was supported partly by the […]

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Choptank Ecological Assessment: Digital Atlas Now Available

A new Digital Atlas for the Choptank River Complex Habitat Focus Area is now available.  The Digital Atlas consists of a web-based mapping portal, a distributable geospatial database, and a Baseline Status Report. Each of these products is designed to support a greater understanding of the Choptank and Little Choptank River watersheds. Topics covered by […]

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Mesophotic Bicolor Damselfish Help Keep Shallower Reef Populations Afloat

NOAA-supported researchers studying the potential coral ecosystem connectivity of the deep (192-256 ft/60-80 m), mesophotic reefs of Pulley Ridge and the shallower reefs downstream in the Florida Keys found that bicolor damselfish populations on shallower reefs may owe some of their sustainability to mesophotic reefs. In comparison to shallower reefs, the bicolor damselfish populations on mesophotic […]

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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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Data Collected for Map of Deep Coral Reefs off St. John, USVI

This past summer NCCOS scientists collected underwater photos and videos from mesophotic ocean depths (30–100 meters) between Vieques Island and St. John in the U.S. Caribbean. The data will support the development of a new benthic habitat map that will depict the distribution of mesophotic coral reef ecosystems on the insular shelf. The new habitat […]

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NOAA Awards $10.44 million for Coastal Science: Sea Level Rise, Hypoxia and Harmful Algal Blooms

October 25, 2016 - NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science will award $10.44 million over the next five years for 10 projects to address sea level rise, hypoxia and harmful algal blooms (HABs). Among the projects the 10 awards will support are: coastal lowland habitat research in California; understanding and mitigating sea level rise and […]

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