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Azaspiracid: An Emerging Algal Toxin

Azaspiracids are a group of toxins first reported in the 1990s in Western European waters and are now reported to occur along both the East and West coasts of North ...
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Climate Change and Acidification Impacts on Cyanob...

The Great Lakes experience recurrent toxin-producing cyanobacterial harmful algal blooms (cHABs). While cHAB events have been well-studied in recent years, little attention has been given to acidification in the Great ...
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Development of Satellite-derived Bathymetry and Be...

We developed satellite-derived bathymetry and benthic habitat and hydrodynamic roughness maps for Kwajalein Atoll in the Republic of the Marshall Islands. These products are supporting a modelling effort led by ...
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Interannual Variability of PSP Toxicity in Eastern...

The Gulf of Maine is impacted annually by Alexandrium fundyense blooms which can result in paralytic shellfish poisoning. Paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) leads to significant economic impacts. The paralytic shellfish ...
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Modeling and mapping marine bird distributions on ...

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 was to produce high-resolution predictive maps ...
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Rapid Detection of Harmful Algae

To provide coastal managers with the early warning needed to implement timely and effective mitigation strategies to reduce a harmful algal bloom’s negative impacts, we are producing rapid, easy-to-use kits ...
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First Nations Tribes of British Columbia Participa...

Tribal members collecting phytoplankton. NCCOS scientists hosted a phytoplankton and toxin monitoring workshop for Tribal environmental specialists from the First Nations Health Authority, part of the WATCH Community of Practice, ...
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Vulnerability Assessment Research Published in Nat...

Hurricane Irma damage. Credit: Paul Brennan, Pixabay. NCCOS's recent article on its community vulnerability assessment framework, published in Natural Hazards, is also featured on PreventionWeb — a global, knowledge-sharing platform ...
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NCCOS’ PMN Spanish Language Translation Used in In...

Innoceana, an international NGO based in Los Angeles with sites in Costa Rica, Spain and Thailand, partnered with the Phytoplankton Monitoring Network (PMN) to include phytoplankton sampling in their existing ...
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Partnering to Advance Use of Nature-Based Solution...

Photo taken photo during field site visits in the upper Bay of Fundy during a visit to a managed dyke realignment that resulted in rapid marsh colonization into a previously ...
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Exploring Nature-Based Features in Cold Regions: P...

In a recently published article and associated story map, NCCOS highlights a new research partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Engineering With Nature Ⓡ (EWNⓇ) Program to ...
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Global Study Determines Economic Value of Shellfis...

When practiced and managed well, shellfish and seaweed aquaculture can provide sustainable seafood and improve the surrounding environment. These kinds of aquaculture farms act as nursery habitats, increasing recruitment of ...
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Scientists Explore Mesoamerican Reef’s Deep-sea Co...

The scientists used the Idabel shore-based submersible to explore deepwater sites off Isla de Roatán, Honduras. Credit: Annick McIntosh. An NCCOS-led research team published the first detailed report of living ...
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NCCOS Contributes to the Green Aquaculture Intensi...

NCCOS and international colleagues from Agri-Food & Biosciences Institute of Ireland and LongLine Environment, Ltd. presented "Nutrient trading & shellfish farming: a win-win solution?" at a public meeting this October ...
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NOAA Scientists and Sponsored Researchers Particip...

The 19th International Conference on Harmful Algae (ICHA) was held remotely October 10th - 15th, 2021 from La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico. Almost 400 ICHA contributions from 47 countries ...
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Coral Bleaching May be Induced by Hypoxia

NCCOS-supported researchers found low oxygen (hypoxia) led to coral bleaching, mass coral mortality, and changes in the microbial community on a Caribbean coral reef. In 2017, hypoxia was detected on ...
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Maps, Tools & Applications

BIOMappers let you interactively view data, aerial imagery, dive photography, underwater video and related publications developed for the benthic habitat mapping of many U.S. coral reefs. In addition to viewing benthic habitat data, you can examine the attributes of the data and show different thematic representations. Photos and videos taken during dive missions are linked to the location of the dives.
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BIOMappers let you interactively view data, aerial imagery, dive photography, underwater video and related publications developed for the benthic habitat mapping of many U.S. coral reefs. In addition to viewing benthic habitat data, you can examine the attributes of the data and show different thematic representations. Photos and videos taken during dive missions are linked to the location of the dives.
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Data & Publications

Deep Coral and Associated Species Taxonomy and Ecology (DeepCAST) II Expedition report

The Deep Coral & Associated Species Taxonomy & Ecology (DeepCAST) II Expedition explored depths below the Meso-American Reef in Roatán, Honduras from 21- 28 May 2011. The team made six submersible dives between 1200 and 2200 feet deep (365 and ...
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First report of an Ansanella granifera bloom associated with eutrophication in Cuban waters, Caribbean region

Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) have been associated with fish and shellfish kills, ecosystem damage, human health impacts, and significant economic losses to the aquaculture and tourist industries throughout the world. The increase of HABs in recent years is generally related ...
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NCCOS Assessment: Modeling At-Sea Density of Marine Birds to Support Atlantic Marine Renewable Energy Planning (NCEI Accession 0176682)

This dataset provides seasonal spatial rasters of median predicted long-term (1978-2016) relative density of 47 marine bird species throughout the US Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) and adjacent waters at a 2-km spatial resolution. Three indications of the uncertainty associated ...
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