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New Guidance for Managing HAB Impacts on California Fisheries

A newly released report from the California Ocean Science Trust highlights efforts to learn from the 2015 massive bloom of the toxin-producing marine diatom Pseudo-nitzschia that formed off the U.S. West Coast. The harmful algal bloom (HAB) impacted key fisheries, such as Dungeness crabs and razor clams, and marine mammals from California to Alaska. NOAA […]

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Successful First Year of NOAA’s Deep-Sea Coral Initiative in the Southeast

In 2016, NOAA’s Deep-Sea Coral Research and Technology Program started a new four-year initiative to study deep-sea coral and sponge ecosystems across the southeastern U.S., a region including U.S. federal waters in the South Atlantic, Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico. The initiative is led by the NCCOS Deep Coral team, and is a […]

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Experts Shape the Future of Caribbean Coral Restoration Science and Practice

Adapted text from Tali Vardi Coral restoration scientists, practitioners, and resource managers gathered at the Workshop to Advance the Science and Practice of Caribbean Coral Restoration in Fort Lauderdale, FL last month to address the rapidly expanding and evolving role of active coral restoration in the management of coral reef ecosystems. The three-day meeting facilitated […]

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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 Supports Oyster Shell Recycling Program in Chesapeake Bay

NCCOS’s Cooperative Oxford Laboratory in Oxford, Maryland, recently joined the Oyster Recovery Partnership’s Shell Recycling Alliance by installing oyster shell recycling bins at the lab. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Oyster Disease Research Program, which under a partnership with NCCOS is housed at the Oxford laboratory, evaluates shellfish health in support of Chesapeake […]

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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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NCCOS Helps Local Community with Bat Population

A house heavily infested with bats near NCCOS’s Cooperative Oxford Laboratory in Oxford, Maryland, recently required control and safety efforts that forced the invaders out, leaving many bats homeless. Ideal bat foraging habitat located on the lab’s property prompted the donation of a bat house by a member of the Oxford community. The donated bat […]

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