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NCCOS and Partners Conduct Ecological Assessment in NOAA’s Choptank Habitat Focus Area

NCCOS led a six month-long ecological assessment (EA) this year in the Tred Avon River, the largest tributary of the Choptank River in Chesapeake Bay. The Choptank River Complex is one of ten U.S. Habitat Focus Areas designated by NOAA for the purpose of concentrating agency investments and expertise at the landscape scale to improve […]

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NOAA and Partners Address Environmental Concerns of Great Lakes Commercial Net-Pen Aquaculture

A Blue Ribbon Panel of scientists from NOAA, state, and academia recently released a report addressing environmental concerns with development of a net-pen aquaculture industry in the Great Lakes.  The report, Great Lakes Net-Pen Commercial Aquaculture: A Short Summary of the Science, details many issues including the need for best management practices for operations and […]

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NOAA Joins International Coastal Cleanup, Removes 157 Pounds of Debris in North Carolina

As part of the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup last month, 18 participants from NOAA, North Carolina Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve, and Duke University Marine Laboratory removed 157 pounds of marine debris from the coastal marshes that surround Pivers Island in Beaufort, NC. Debris was cataloged according to the Ocean Conservancy guidelines and all […]

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Assessing Contamination in Faga’alu Bay, American Samoa

NCCOS, in collaboration with NOAA Coral Program partners, released a report assessing the pollution in Faga’alu Bay, American Samoa (a US Coral Reef Task Force priority watershed). Faga’alu is a focus area for significant interagency scientific assessment and management activities; NOAA’s field efforts were conducted simultaneously with USGS work in the watershed.  Surface sediment samples were […]

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North Carolina Seafood Festival Highlights Marine Science

The North Carolina Seafood Festival worked with local marine scientists from NOAA, University of North Carolina’s Institute of Marine Sciences (UNC-IMS), North Carolina State University (NCSU), and North Carolina Department of Marine Fisheries (NCDMF) to host local middle school students for an educational program in Morehead City, NC. “NC Seafood Smart!” welcomed over 60 sixth and […]

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NCCOS, Partners Evaluate Using Oysters to Improve Water Quality in Oyster Bay, Fla.

Earlier this month, NCCOS and partners kicked off an oyster aquaculture project in Oyster Bay, Fla., that will evaluate the impact of an oyster aquaculture lease area on bay water quality. As filter feeders, oysters remove microscopic plant cells and other organic particles from the water column and have the potential to improve water quality […]

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NCCOS Improves Coastal Resilience of South Carolina

In order to improve coastal resilience, scientists used the SWARM modeling system to investigate runoff in certain watersheds in South Carolina (SC). Research results from this collaborative project to prioritize and model runoff volume sensitivities of tidal headwaters were presented to the Beaufort County Watershed Advisory Committee (WAC) on September 10, 2015. This modeling work […]

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‘From Seeds to Shorelines’ Comes to North Carolina

NCCOS scientist, Dr. Carolyn Currin, North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve Education Coordinator, Lori Davis, and North Carolina Sea Grant Marine Education Specialist, Teri Kerby Hathaway, are bringing the successful “From Seeds to Shorelines” project to teachers in coastal North Carolina. Dr. Carolyn Currin conducted the initial training with 10 teachers that will implement the […]

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