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Aquaculture Mapping Atlas and FARM Model

We are integrating two tools commonly used to plan for and site aquaculture: the Farm Aquaculture Resource Management (FARM) Model and the Connecticut Aquaculture Mapping Atlas. This improved tool will ...
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Bioeffects Program Reports: Mid/North Atlantic Reg...

The Bioeffects program is a nationwide program of environmental assessment designed to describe the current status of environmental quality in our nation's estuarine and coastal areas. Field studies examine the ...
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EcoGIS: Tools for Ecosystem-based Fisheries Manage...

The EcoGIS project was launched to determine how geographic information systems (GIS) technology, marine data, and custom analysis tools could be leveraged to promote fishery management strategies based on the ...
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Ecological Characterization of Stellwagen Bank Nat...

We provided an ecological and oceanographic profile of the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary and Gulf of Maine region, including analysis of pollution levels. The project was designed to help ...
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Integrative Statistical Modeling and Predictive Ma...

Seabirds and other marine birds are wide-ranging and highly mobile, so mapping their at-sea distributions presents a significant challenge. The purpose of this project is to produce high-resolution predictive maps ...
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Mapping the Long Island Sound Seafloor

Long Island Sound is a region vital to our Nation’s economy, security, culture, and ecology. A new collaborative effort by state, federal and academic partners is helping managers and officials ...
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Collaboration with new Scholar and NOAA Ocean Acid...

Oyster aquaculture structures at Mook Sea Farm, Wapole, Maine. Credit: Mook Sea Farm This past month, NCCOS welcomed a new Hollings Scholar, Madison Uetrecht, who will study the effects of ...
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Another Average “Dead Zone” Predicted ...

Outlook incorporates multiple hypoxia models for the second year Scientists deploy a sensor to collect water samples to test oxygen levels during the 2015 cruise to measure the size of ...
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Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone Larger than Predicted Aft...

Distribution of bottom-water dissolved oxygen July 28-August 3, 2015 west of the Mississippi River delta. The black line indicates dissolved oxygen levels of less than two miligrams per liter. Credit: ...
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NOAA, partners predict an average ‘dead zone...

Outlook incorporates multiple hypoxia models for first time Scientists are expecting that this year's Gulf of Mexico hypoxic zone, also called the 'dead zone,' will be approximately 5,483 square miles ...
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Getting the Word Out: Sharing the Benefits of Shel...

Different aspects of shellfish aquaculture science were recently shared on three separate occasions with regional groups that varied from industry partners to regional growers to high school students. These presentations ...
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Ocean Acidification Concerns, Information to be Ai...

The Northeast Coastal Acidification Network (NECAN) is planning an 'Ocean and Coastal Acidification Stakeholder Workshop' for December 10, 2014 at the Darling Marine Center in Walpole, Maine. As a member ...
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Average 2014 Gulf of Mexico ‘Dead Zone’...

National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science supported scientists documented that the 2014 'dead zone' (area of hypoxia, or low oxygen) in the northern Gulf of Mexico west of the Mississippi ...
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NOAA, Partners Issue Dead Zone Predictions for Gul...

Scientists are expecting an average, but still large, hypoxic or "dead zone" in the Gulf of Mexico this year, and a slightly above-average hypoxic zone in the Chesapeake Bay. NOAA-supported ...
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NOAA and Partners Improve Aquaculture Siting Decis...

A NOAA-led, multidisciplinary team is refining a tool used by farmers and regulators to choose locations of shellfish aquaculture farms in Long Island Sound. The updated tool will merge Farm ...
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NCCOS and NMFS Collaborate to Improve Aquaculture ...

NOAA's National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science and Northeast Fisheries Laboratory are working with outside partners to merge Farm Aquaculture Resource Management (FARM) model results with the Connecticut Aquaculture Mapping ...
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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

An ecosystem services assessment using bioextraction technologies for removal of nitrogen and other substances in Long Island Sound and the Great Bay/Piscataqua Region Estuaries

A State-Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Nutrient Innovations Task Group concluded in a 2009 report (State -- EPA Nutrient Innovations Task Group, 2009) that 'continuing the status quo at the national, state, and local levels and relying upon our current practices ...
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Biological, chemical, and physical data from the Phytoplankton Monitoring Network from 13 Sep 2001 to 7 Mar 2013 (NODC Accession 0117942)

The Phytoplankton Monitoring Network (PMN) is a part of the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS). The PMN was created as an outreach program to connect volunteers and professional scientists in the monitoring of marine phytoplankton and harmful algal ...
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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: Mid-Atlantic regional distribution and abundance (NCEI Accession 0162403)

This is the Mid-Atlantic 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 format ...
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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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Modeling at-sea occurrence and abundance of marine birds to support Atlantic marine renewable energy planning: Phase I report

This report describes the first phase of a project aimed at producing maps of the spatial distributions of marine bird species in U.S. Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) waters that can be used to inform marine spatial planning in the ...
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