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NOAA Builds Relationship for Resource Management with Wampanoag Tribe

Last March, NCCOS joined other NOAA partners in a roundtable event with the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council, sponsored by the NOAA North Atlantic Regional Collaboration Team. The meeting facilitated partnerships and the exchange of ideas between the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and NOAA regarding fisheries, habitat, and water quality. Historical records show the Algonquian-speaking Wampanoag encountered the English colonists of the […]

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Collaboration with new Scholar and NOAA Ocean Acidification Program Show Potenital

This past month, NCCOS welcomed a new Hollings Scholar, Madison Uetrecht, who will study the effects of ocean acidification on oyster growth under Dr. Beth Turner over the summer months. They visited Mook Sea Farm, where Uetrecht will conduct out-planting experiments with juvenile oysters to assess whether shell growth and calcification changes during different field ocean acidification (OA) conditions. […]

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Identifying Coastal Vulnerabilities in Chesapeake Bay Communities

Scientists with NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science just completed a vulnerability assessment of the Choptank River Complex, a critical component of the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem and one of NOAA’s Habitat Focus Areas. The Chesapeake Bay, the largest estuary in the United States, provides people with valuable ecosystem services like fishing, tourism, and shipping. […]

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NCCOS Joins USGS in Congressional Briefing on Harmful Algal Bloom Threats

On April 4, a Congressional Briefing held in Washington, DC, focused on harmful algal blooms (HABs) and their increasing impacts on coastal, Great Lakes, and inland communities and economies. NCCOS’ Quay Dortch, represented NOAA as a featured panelist, discussing the growing problem of marine HABs and the threat posed by freshwater HABs (i.e., cyanobacteria or […]

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Mesophotic Reefs in Southwest Puerto Rico Shaped by Sediment Movement

Sediment exerts a basic control on the character and distribution of both shallow and mesophotic coral ecosystems (MCEs). In a rare study focused on sediment dynamics of MCEs, NCCOS-supported scientists found that downslope bed-load transport from shallower reefs (by coral and calcareous algae) exceeds suspended-sediment accumulation and has important influence in shaping MCEs in southwest […]

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NCCOS Maps Habitats of the U.S. Virgin Islands Insular Shelf

NCCOS scientists conducted an accuracy assessment in the U.S. Virgin Islands from January 30 to February 13, 2017 to evaluate the thematic accuracy of a draft benthic habitat map of the South Eastern Puerto Rican Shelf.  This new benthic habitat map will provide baseline information to help guide the monitoring and management of important coral […]

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NCCOS a Big Player at 2017 Gulf of Mexico Alliance Meeting

NCCOS scientists and sponsored principal investigators (PIs) joined hundreds of other scientists and managers interested in the ecology and sustainability of the Gulf of Mexico at the Gulf of Mexico Alliance (GOMA) 2017 All Hands Meeting in Houston, Texas, in late March. With research spanning decades, NCCOS supports a robust research portfolio in the Gulf […]

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International Collaboration Investigates Ciguatoxin Toxicity Around the Globe

The first assessment of toxicity differences among the many known Gambierdiscus strains or species responsible for Ciguatera Fish Poisoning (CFP) in humans from consumption of fish contaminated with ciguatoxin was published in Harmful Algae. The international effort was led by Francesco Pisapia from IFREMER and included scientists from NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, […]

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