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Characterizing Fish and Invertebrates of the Shall...

We characterized the coral and fish communities on the sanctuary’s shallow reefs based on data collected in 2006 and 2007. We focused on two management goals: 1) to develop a ...
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Coastal Ecosystem Susceptibility to Nutrient Pollu...

We studied the estuaries of the U.S. East Coast and Gulf of Mexico to determine which coastal areas are most vulnerable to changes in nutrient input. We modeled the environmental ...
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Coastal Marine Mammal Stranding Assessments

We are studying stranded marine mammals to determine causes of death, anthropogenic sources of mortality, contaminant loads, diseases processes, and life history traits. We are sharing these assessments with resource ...
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Cross-Regional Comparison of Dinophysis Bloom Dyna...

Harmful algal blooms of Dinophysis have recently emerged as a human health threat in the U.S., resulting in closures of shellfish harvesting to prevent Diarrhetic Shellfish Poisoning. We are working ...
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Deep Coral Predictive Habitat Modeling in the U.S....

We are using statistical models that combine databases of known deep-sea coral beds with information about key habitats to predict and map suitable habitat for deep-sea corals in the U.S ...
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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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Developing Biomarkers for Bloom Growth and Death i...

The microscopic alga Karenia brevis causes harmful algal blooms (red tides) in the Gulf of Mexico. By studying the processes regulating the life cycle of K. brevis, we developed biomarkers ...
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Development of a Siting Tool for Sustainable Oyste...

Oyster populations in Copano Bay, Texas, have declined to roughly one percent of historic populations, and the once thriving commercial oyster fishery in Texas reflects this decline. Aquaculture is seen ...
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Development of Environmental Monitoring Guidelines...

We are assisting coastal managers and aquaculture farm operators with the development of environmental monitoring protocols for marine aquaculture. These protocols are helping coastal managers develop practices that support sustainable ...
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Tenth Harmful Algal Bloom Symposium Highlights NCC...

Credit. 10th US Symposium on Harmful Algae. The 10th US Symposium on Harmful Algae, held November 3-8, 2019, focused on emerging harmful algal blooms (HABs) in the US, crossing the ...
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Experimental Red Tide Forecast Expanded to Include...

Sample screen grab of the risk-level forecast for red tide respiratory impacts on Sanibel Island. Forecasts can be found on the GCOOS website. Sanibel Island residents and visitors who are ...
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Expansion of Pulley Ridge Protected Area Expected ...

NCCOS-supported scientists evaluated potential economic impacts to the fisheries sector from expansion of the Pulley Ridge Habitat Area of Particular Concern (HAPC), located roughly 150 miles off Florida's southwest coast, ...
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NOAA, USGS Identify Programs for Environmental Mon...

Cover of the 2019 report, Inventory of Existing Habitat and Water Quality Monitoring, and Mapping Metadata for Gulf of Mexico Programs. Credit NOAA and USGS. In a report published this ...
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Florida Event Response Funding Helps Jump-Start Ci...

A relatively small, one-time NCCOS funding contribution to aid the study of red tide off southwest Florida has helped produce an unexpected long-term benefit – the establishment of a citizen ...
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NCCOS Event Response Examines Sea Turtle Mortaliti...

NOAA’s NCCOS’ HAB Event Response Program is providing $10,045 in Fiscal Year 2018 funding for a project led by the Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF) that aims to learn more ...
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Testing the Feasibility of Robotic Gliders to Moni...

NCCOS has evaluated the use of underwater gliders to improve Gulf of Mexico hypoxic zone, also known as the dead zone, monitoring. This effort resulted in the development of a ...
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Researchers Explore Gulf of Mexico’s Moving ...

Autonomous underwater glider modified with sonar technology to collect detailed, close-range data on the migrating animals. Credit: John Horne, University of Washington. Last month, a multi-institution research team deployed experimental ...
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Data & Publications

An Integrated Assessment of Oil and Gas Release into the Marine Environment at the Former Taylor Energy MC20 Site

In September of 2004 hurricane Ivan, a category 3 storm at the time, passed through the northern Gulf of Mexico. Severe wave action attributed to the storm triggered a subsea mudslide that toppled Taylor Energy Company’s (TEC) oil Saratoga production ...
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Assessing biophysical controls on Gulf of Mexico hypoxia through probabilistic modeling

A mechanistic model was developed to predict midsummer bottom-water dissolved oxygen (BWDO) concentration and hypoxic area on the Louisiana shelf of the northern Gulf of Mexico, USA (1985–2011). Because of its parsimonious formulation, the model possesses many of the benefits ...
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Assessment of crude oil and a dispersant in a simulated Spartina alterniflora salt marsh ecosystem

NOAA's Environmental Sensitivity Index (ESI) lists saltmarshes along the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts as the most vulnerable habitat to oil spills. As a result of the Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling rig accident, more that 200 million gallons of crude oil ...
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Assessment of hypoxia-inducible factor-1α mRNA expression in mantis shrimp as a biomarker of environmental hypoxia exposure

Efforts to assess the ecological impacts of the marked increase in coastal hypoxia worldwide have been hampered by a lack of biomarkers of hypoxia exposure in marine benthic organisms. Here, we show that hypoxia-inducible factor-1α (HIF-1α) transcript levels in the ...
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Baseline characterization of benthic and coral communities of the Flower Garden Banks, Texas from 2010-05-01 to 2012-08-31 (NODC Accession 0124257)

This study utilized ROV photograph transects to quantify benthic habitat and coral communities among the five habitat types (algal nodule, coralline algal reefs, deep reefs and soft bottom) identified in the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary (FGBNMS). ROV surveys ...
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Benthic habitat and fish community assessment, Flower Garden Banks, Texas, 2009-2011 (NODC Accession 0104344)

The Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary (FGBNMS) represents the northernmost tropical western Atlantic coral reef on the continental shelf and supports the most highly developed offshore hard bank community in the region. This work was conducted to develop baseline ...
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Biogeographic characterization of fish and benthic communities, Flower Garden Banks, Texas 2006-09-13 to 2012-10-02 (NODC Accession 0118358)

The Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary (FGBNMS) represents the northernmost tropical western Atlantic coral reef on the continental shelf and supports the most highly developed offshore hard bank community in the region. This work was conducted to develop baseline ...
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Biogeographic characterization of fish communities and associated benthic habitats within the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sancturary

This biogeographic characterization is a project formed from the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries - National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science Long-term Agreement. This agreement originates from the common belief of these two programs within NOAA’s National Ocean Service that ...
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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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Carbon Dynamics on the Louisiana Continental Shelf and Cross-Shelf Feeding of Hypoxia

Large-scale hypoxia regularly develops during the summer on the Louisiana continental shelf. Traditionally, hypoxia has been linked to the vast winter and spring nutrient inputs from the Mississippi River and its distributary, the Atchafalaya River. However, recent studies indicate that ...
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