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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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Toxin Sensor off Washington Coast Provides Early Warning

A sensor for the algal neurotoxin domoic acid (DA), developed by NCCOS scientists, was deployed last week off the Washington coast on an Environmental Sample Processor (ESP). Designed by the Monterey Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) and known as “ESPfriday,” the processor is operated by the Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NWFSC). The DA sensor, along with harmful […]

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Small Fish Could Be In Big Trouble Without Wetlands

Coastal population growth and a desire to guard against sea level rise and coastal erosion has led to extensive conversions of natural wetlands and beaches to bulkheads and riprap. A new NCCOS-funded study recently published in Estuaries and Coasts explores how these changes are affecting fish and crustaceans in nearshore areas of Chesapeake Bay. Across all species, small […]

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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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