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Research Links Land Use, Shoreline Hardening, and Species Abundance

Recent NCCOS research provides solid evidence that reduced aquatic species abundance in the Northeast is linked with increased agricultural land use and hardened shorelines. Results from the study are published in the September issue of Estuaries and Coasts and highlighted in Coastal & Estuarine Science News (CESN). The overall research project evaluated 587 sites, 39 sub-estuaries, and 15 […]

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Beating the Spread: NCCOS Science Helps Managers NOT Gamble with Invasive Species

A recent publication by NCCOS-funded scientists shows how new invasive species in the Great Lakes are easily dispersed by Lake Michigan and Lake Erie currents. The team, led by Dr. Dima Beletsky of the NOAA Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research at the University of Michigan, modeled dispersal throughout the lakes from nearshore locations, such as […]

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NCCOS Shorelines Research Featured on NOAA Chesapeake Bay Website

Managers and policy makers concerned about shoreline hardening in the Mid-Atlantic region can now find pertinent research results summarized in an accessible document. NCCOS supported a multi-partner project conducted from 2009 to 2015 to investigate the ecological effects of hardened shorelines, watershed development and invasive marsh grass species on nearshore ecosystems. The NOAA Chesapeake Bay […]

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Multi-Agency Team Tracks Restored North Carolina Wetland

Wilson Bay in Jacksonville, NC was transformed from a polluted waterway to a healthy wetland ecosystem by a community-wide partnership. To assess the success and future health of the restored wetlands, a multidisciplinary team is tracking the habitat restoration site. Partners include NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS), University of North Carolina Institute of Marine Sciences […]

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Renewed Interest to Study Ciguatera Risks in Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument

Dr. Alison Robertson, an NCCOS ECOHAB sponsored ciguatera expert with the University of South Alabama and Dauphin Island Sea Lab (USA\DISL), is helping the NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS) assess human health threats related to ciguatera fish poisoning in island waters within the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument (PMNM). Ciguatera is a major, if not the […]

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A Primer to Living Shorelines Published

A synthesis of recent thinking and results from practitioners and researchers of Living Shorelines just hit the stands. “Living Shorelines: The Science and Management of Nature-Based Coastal Protection,” details many aspects of the shoreline stabilization approach, and specifically includes: (1) background: history and evolution; (2) management, policy, and design; (3) synthesis of Living Shoreline science: physical […]

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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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Nutrient Crediting of Oyster Aquaculture in Chesapeake Bay

NCCOS scientist, Suzanne Bricker, spoke at the 2017 East Coast Commercial Fishermen’s and Aquaculture Trade Expo seminar program on January 14, 2017. Collaborating with Maryland Sea Grant, the presentation ‘Oyster Best Management Practices: What does it mean for growers?’ highlighted the recently approved recommendations for crediting oyster tissue for nutrient removal as a Best Management Practice (BMP), […]

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