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Aggression is a Symptom of Domoic Acid Poisoning i...

To gain a better understanding of symptoms experienced by California sea lions caused by the toxin domoic acid, we are studying the relationship between aggression and seizure behavior in laboratory ...
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An Economic Analysis of Shipping Costs Related to ...

Through an analysis of shipping costs, we provided scientific guidance to the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary (CINMS) and other agencies, regarding the economic effects of potential management measures that ...
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Analysis of the Distribution and Abundance of Grou...

We developed maps of occurrence and relative abundance for selected groundfish off the coasts of California, Oregon, and Washington, within the California Current Large Marine Ecosystem (CCLME). Our project supports ...
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Benthic Habitat Characterization and Climate Chang...

Cordell Bank, Gulf of the Farallones, and Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuaries (NMS) harbor diverse communities of deep-water fish and coral. These species and habitats face many threats, including bottom ...
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Bioeffects Program Reports: Pacific Coast and Hawa...

Bioeffects Assessment Program identifies and assesses biological effects associated with contaminant exposure. Over forty intensive regional studies have been conducted since 1986 using the Sediment Quality Triad approach to determine ...
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Biogeographic Assessment of the Channel Islands Na...

The Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary (CINMS) off the coast of Southern California was designated in 1980. In 2005, NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries and CINMS were considering six ...
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Climate Change Impacts on Intertidal Zone Populati...

The intertidal zone, which lies between the high and low tide marks on the shores of the world’s oceans, is a sensitive indicator of the effects of climate variability and ...
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Codevelopment of Modeling Tools to Manage Sediment...

We will advance scientific, engineering, and policy perspectives on how sediment can be managed in coastal lowlands to reduce flood risk, bank instability, and erosion risk. We will evaluate sediment ...
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Deep-sea Coral Ecology, Health, and Diversity

We conduct field surveys of the deep seafloor in the U.S. and neighboring waters to assess the distribution, health, and biodiversity of deep-sea coral ecosystems. We use remotely operated vehicles ...
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Study Shows Economic Effects of Measures to Reduce...

A whale passes through an area with heavy ship traffic off the California coast.Credit: John Calambokidis/Cascadia Research. A new report analyzes the potential economic effects of strategies to manage the ...
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Mobile Rapid Pathogen Test for Leptospira in Calif...

California sea lions are at risk of the bacterial disease Leptospirosis, cased by Letrospira, which can lead to liver and kidney damage, and death. Credit: NOAA Leptospirosis, a bacterial disease ...
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Can You Guess What Deep-sea Animal We Saw off the ...

This past spring NCCOS scientists and their partners explored and mapped part of the seafloor in the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary (see May 30 news post). The data gathered are being ...
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Why the Exceptional Toxicity during the 2015 West ...

New research sponsored by NCCOS explains what might have caused the high toxicity in Monterey Bay, CA during the massive 2015 toxic bloom of the marine diatom Pseudo-nitzschia along the ...
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Where are Former NCCOS Cooperative Oxford Laborato...

Several students associated with the Cooperative Oxford Laboratory (COL) have graduated, are furthering their studies, or have published articles recently. Through their internships or time at COL, the students learned ...
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NCCOS Responds to Southern California Harmful Alga...

Starting late March- early April 2017, researchers, managers, and animal response networks working in Southern California coastal communities noted an increase in wildlife impacts consistent with the onset of a ...
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NOAA Conducts Seafloor Mapping and Exploration off...

Area mapped in Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary by NOAA ship Bell M Shimada in 2017 (SH-17-05). Grey areas are mapped, light blue areas are not. Credit: NOAA Fisheries and ...
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NCCOS Research Featured in EPA Harmful Algal Bloom...

Southwestern states and Pacific Islands are experiencing increasing occurrences of harmful algal blooms in both coastal ocean and freshwater bodies. Recently the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in collaboration with ...
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Multi-Agency Team Tracks Restored North Carolina W...

Wilson Bay in Jacksonville, NC wastransformed from a polluted waterway to a healthy wetland ecosystem by a community-wide partnership. Toassess the success and future health of the restored wetlands, a ...
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Ocean Warming Expands Range of Harmful Algal Bloom...

A recent study led by NCCOS and Stony Brook University concludes that rising ocean temperatures are expanding the geographical range of harmful algal blooms and intensifying the blooms themselves in ...
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Maps, Tools & Applications

NCCOS runs the Phytoplankton Monitoring Network (PMN) to link volunteers who monitor for marine phytoplankton and HABs in cooperation with professional scientists. We build a more informed public while expanding the reach and resolution of HAB monitoring. Over 200 PMN volunteers sample 140+ sites in 17 states and the US Virgin Islands.
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Data & Reports

A Biogeographic Assessment off North/Central California: In Support of the National Marine Sanctuaries of Cordell Bank, Gulf of the Farallones and Monterey Bay. Phase II Environmental Setting and Update to Marine Birds and Mammals

This document is Phase II of a biogeographic assessment completed in 2004, described below. In the spring of 2001, NOAA's National Marine Sanctuary Program (NMSP) and National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) launched a project to assess biogeographic patterns ...
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An Economic Analysis of Shipping Costs Related to Potential Measures to Manage the Co-Occurrence of Maritime Vessel Traffic and Whales in the Channel Islands Region

This report provides findings from an analysis and evaluation of the economic effects of potential measures to manage the co-occurrence of shipping traffic and whales in the Channel Islands region off the coast of California. These potential management measures are ...
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Cruise Report for Patterns in Deep-Sea Corals Expedition 2016: NOAA ship Shearwater SW-16-08

The 2016 Patterns in Deep-Sea Corals expedition set out aboard the NOAA Ship Shearwater in August to study the distribution, ecology, and health of deep-water (30-300 m) gorgonian corals in response to the 2015 El Niño event. The research team ...
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Cruise Report for Patterns in Deep-Sea Corals Expedition: NOAA ship Bell M. Shimada SH-15-03

Less than 50% of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary seafloor has been mapped using multibeam echosounders to produce habitat characterizations at a map resolution suitable for resource management. This is important because deep-sea coral and sponge communities are known ...
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Distribution of Persistent Organic Contaminants in Canyons and on the Continental Shelf off Central California

The National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, and the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, in cooperation with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), University of California Moss Landing Marine Lab (MLML), and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), conducted ecosystem ...
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Environmental toxicology data collected by the National Status and Trends Program for monitoring contaminants in coastal United States marine water bodies from 01 Jan 1960 to 05 May 2010 (NODC Accession 0074376)

The National Status and Trends Program is comprised of three nationwide programs: Benthic Surveillance, Mussel Watch, and Bioeffects. These programs are in place to observe estuarine and coastal waters nationwide to describe the current status and detect changes in the ...
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Estuarine Living Marine Resources: West Coast regional distribution and abundance (NCEI Accession 0161540)

This is the West Coast regional component of NOAA?s Estuarine Living Marine Resources (ELMR) Project, a national database of ecologically and economically important fishes and invertebrates in the Nation's estuaries. The distribution and relative abundance are depicted in a consistent ...
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Estuarine salinity zones in US East Coast, Gulf of Mexico, and US West Coast from 1999-01-01 to 1999-12-31 (NCEI Accession 0127396)

These unprojected (geographic coordinates) 3-Zone Average Annual Salinity Digital Geographies are based on analysis of long-term salinity data for 147 estuaries of the contiguous United States. Each estuary is subdivided into three zones between the head(s) of tide, and the ...
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Human Use Pharmaceuticals in the Estuarine Environments: A Survey in the Chesapeake and Biscayne Bays

The goal of this pilot project was to assess the presence of a number of commonly prescribed human use pharmaceuticals in three coastal areas of the U.S. Water samples were collected in conjunction with three NOAA monitoring/research projects to assess ...
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