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Gulf of Mexico Sea Level Rise Tools Delivered to Coastal Managers

NCCOS staff and their partners held a workshop last month in Alabama to demonstrate and transfer sea level rise tools and data to regional coastal managers. Hosted by the Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR), over 40 representatives from federal, state, and local agencies and non-governmental organizations engaged in training sessions and hands-on activities […]

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2017 California Estuary Harmful Algal Bloom Monitoring Begins

Last month, NCCOS-sponsored scientists began harmful algae and algal toxin monitoring in California estuaries. The monitoring is part of a collaborative NOAA–state response to recent research showing that a mixture of marine and freshwater toxins can reside in estuarine waters. The research found that this toxic “cocktail” could also be fatal to shellfish, sea otters, […]

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Winners and Losers in the California Current under Future Ocean Acidification

A NOAA-supported study projects that Dungeness crab and some commercial finfish species living on the sea floor may decline in future years due to increased ocean acidification in the California Current. These estimates were based on computer models forecasting changes in the California Current ocean ecosystem, which includes an expected rise in summer ocean acidification […]

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Risk of Toxic Shellfish on West Coast Increases with Water Temperature

High levels of domoic acid, a shellfish toxin, are correlated with warmer ocean temperatures offshore of Oregon and Washington. An NCCOS-supported research team led by scientists from Oregon State University, the University of Oregon, and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife found an association between domoic acid levels in shellfish and climate-scale warm ocean […]

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2016 Chesapeake Bay Hypoxia Forecast is Close to Mark

As predicted by an earlier forecast sponsored by NCCOS, dissolved oxygen conditions in Maryland’s portion of the Chesapeake Bay main channel continued to be average for most of the summer of 2016. In mid-June, NCCOS issued the annual hypoxic zone forecasts for the Chesapeake Bay, predicting a close to average sized hypoxic volume for the bay […]

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New Guidance for Managing HAB Impacts on California Fisheries

A newly released report from the California Ocean Science Trust highlights efforts to learn from the 2015 massive bloom of the toxin-producing marine diatom Pseudo-nitzschia that formed off the U.S. West Coast. The harmful algal bloom (HAB) impacted key fisheries, such as Dungeness crabs and razor clams, and marine mammals from California to Alaska. NOAA […]

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First Compendium on Deep-water Algae of Puerto Rico Published

A new taxonomic publication describes the relatively unknown algal flora of mesophotic coral ecosystems in Puerto Rico. These ecosystems are characterized by the presence of light-dependent corals and associated communities found at depths ranging from 100 to 500 feet deep. The work, published in a recent issue of Smithsonian Contributions to Botany, was supported partly by the […]

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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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