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Mesophotic Bicolor Damselfish Help Keep Shallower Reef Populations Afloat

NOAA-supported researchers studying the potential coral ecosystem connectivity of the deep (192-256 ft/60-80 m), mesophotic reefs of Pulley Ridge and the shallower reefs downstream in the Florida Keys found that bicolor damselfish populations on shallower reefs may owe some of their sustainability to mesophotic reefs. In comparison to shallower reefs, the bicolor damselfish populations on mesophotic […]

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Shellfish Larvae Struggle in Fluctuating Oxygen and Acidity in Estuaries

A study supported by NCCOS and the NOAA Ocean Acidification Program found that interacting effects of acidified and low oxygen (hypoxic) waters reduced the survival, growth, and development of larval stages of three important shellfish species: bay scallops, hard clams and eastern oysters. Shellfish larvae were exposed to ideal, acidified and low oxygen conditions both individually and in […]

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NOAA Awards $3.4 million to Support Coastal Community Resilience

NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science are awarding over $1.3 million, with an anticipated total of $3.4 million over the next four years, for research that will provide coastal managers with the science to plan for sea level rise and flooding, and improve the resilience of their communities. With increasing threats to our coasts, enhancing resilience to […]

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Studying the Impacts of Sea Level Rise on Hawaii Habitats

An NCCOS-funded Ecological Effects of Sea level Rise (EESLR) project led by The Nature Conservancy (TNC) on the Big Island of Hawaii is working to understand and predict the effect of sea-level rise on unique and historic Hawaiian groundwater-fed  pools, wetlands, and fishponds. On September 7, scientists joined local stakeholders at a Change Tool Development Workshop and […]

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Study Shows Harmful Algal Bloom Species Has Distinct Bacterial Flora

A new study supported in part by the NCCOS Monitoring and Event Response for Harmful Algal Blooms (MERHAB) finds the harmful algal bloom (HAB)-forming diatom Pseudo-nitschia (PN) maintains a distinct bacterial community living on and near its exterior cell wall. The findings offer new insights into possibly using bacteria as indicators of HAB species composition, control […]

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NOAA Provides Harmful Algae Identification Training

Effective monitoring and management of harmful algal blooms (HABs) relies on accurate and timely identification of the species involved. Phytoplankton responsible for HABs varies dramatically in size, shape, pigmentation, toxins, habitat, life history, and ecology. Until recently only Europe offered comprehensive HAB identification training, but NCCOS now provides taxonomic training for a new generation of […]

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Sensitivity of California Current Species to Ocean Acidification

A new study estimated the sensitivity of different groups of marine species to ocean acidification (OA) within the California Current ecosystem. Species groups were designated based on having similar functions in the ecosystem (i.e. urchins, oysters, phytoplankton, zooplankton), and the OA sensitivity for each group was determined based on previous studies. Most functional groups of species (26 of 34) responded negatively to […]

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Predicting Red Tides in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico

NCCOS sponsored researchers with the University of South Florida and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission identified why red tide blooms of toxic Karenia brevis off the west coast of Florida are worse in some years than others, and predict there will be no major red tide outbreaks along Florida’s west coast in 2016. […]

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