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Regional Consortium Expands Acoustics in Ecosystem Science

The Southeast Acoustics Consortium (SEAC) held its third biennial forum at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission office in St. Petersburg, Florida on March 22-24.† Over fifty participants heard presentations on research applications using high-frequency sonars for surveying marine organisms, mapping seafloor habitats, enhancing ocean observatories, and using ambient noise to study natural soundscapes […]

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Interagency Workshop Improves SE Atlantic Habitat Mapping Coordination

Increased use of our coastal ocean for energy, commerce, and recreation is calling for improved data to support ocean planning and ecosystem management.† The baseline condition and characterization of seafloor habitats is an important base layer needed for minimizing impacts to natural resources.† During the March 15-16 workshop hosted by NCCOS, Southeast and Caribbean Regional […]

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NCCOS Informs Michigan Decision Against Great Lakes Net-Pen Aquaculture

The Michigan Departments of Agriculture and Rural Development, National Resources, and Environmental Quality have decided not to allow siting of net-pen aquaculture operations in state waters of the Great Lakes.† In December 2014, two proposals were submitted to the state agencies to create a net-pen industry in northern Lake Michigan and northern Lake Huron.† After […]

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Inspiring Future Scientists: NCCOS Participates in My Brotherís Keeper Initiative

President Obamaís My Brotherís Keeper initiative aims to broaden participation of minorities in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers. As part of National Labs Week, volunteers from the NCCOS Charleston lab: Marie DeLorenzo, Maggie Broadwater, Cindy Cooksey, and Joe Wade, conducted a marine science education event with children in grades K-5 from a local […]

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NCCOS Provides Training to a Centralized Algal Toxin Testing Laboratory for Southeast Alaskan Tribes

NCCOS scientists provided training and technical guidance to scientific staff of the Sitka Tribe of Alaska Environmental Regulatory Laboratory (STAERL) on the extraction and detection of Paralytic Shellfish Toxins (PST). The NCCOS-developed receptor binding assay being taught, an Interstate Shellfish Sanitation Conference (ISSC) accepted method, can help secure the food supply against these potent toxins. […]

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NCCOS and BOEM Publish Wind Energy Area Ecological Assessment

A report published by NCCOS and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) provides the most comprehensive ecological study of an offshore Wind Energy Area (WEA) near Wilmington, NC.† The Outer Continental Shelf located off of North Carolina has some of the best conditions to support offshore wind energy in the southeast U.S., according to […]

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NOS and NCCOS Leadership Experience Beaufort Lab Science

Last month, the NOAA Beaufort Lab received two†high level visitors: David Holst, the Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator of NOS, and Mary Erickson, the Director of NCCOS. The NOAA campus in Beaufort, North Carolina houses researchers from the National Marine Fisheries Service, NOSís National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, and the North Carolina Coastal Reserve and […]

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