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An Early Warning System for Pseudo-nitzschia Harmf...

Blooms of some species of the diatom Pseudo-nitzschia produce a neurotoxin that accumulates in shellfish, which can cause illness and even death in humans who eat them. Shellfish managers monitor ...
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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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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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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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Developing a Resource Assessment Tool for Marine P...

We worked with NOAA’s National Marine Protected Area Center (MPA Center) to develop new approaches to characterize natural resources (e.g., deep sea corals, fish diversity, submarine canyons) in marine-protected areas ...
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Fast Tool to Detect Toxic Shellfish

The marine food source and livelihood of tribes and communities along the Pacific coast are threatened by Pseudo-nitzschia blooms that produce domoic acid, a potent neurotoxin. To provide remote communities ...
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Global Ocean Ecosystems Dynamics (GLOBEC) Northeas...

Northeast Pacific fisheries of salmon, halibut, cod, perch, walleye pollock, rockfish and king crab are the largest U.S. commercial fisheries. From 1996 to 2008, NCCOS partnered with the National Science ...
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Mapping and Analysis of West Coast Groundfish

We are developing groundfish distribution maps to support fisheries management and conservation. The maps are based on a compilation and analysis of fish observations and environmental data, and innovative spatial ...
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Record-setting Razor Clam Harvest Aided by Pacific...

Recreational razor clam harvesters in Long Beach, Washington, set a record for one-day digger trips (17,800 diggers) on April 30, 2017. The record number of trips was triggered by the ...
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A Primer to Living Shorelines Published

A synthesis of recent thinking and results from practitioners and researchers of Living Shorelines just hit the stands. " Living Shorelines: The Science and Management of Nature-Based Coastal Protection," details ...
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Winners and Losers in the California Current under...

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 ...
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Risk of Toxic Shellfish on West Coast Increases wi...

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, ...
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NOAA Awards $3.4 million to Support Coastal Commun...

NOAA's National Centers for Coastal Ocean Scienceare awarding over $1.3million, with an anticipated total of $3.4million over the next four years, for research that will provide coastal managers with the ...
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New Eco-Forecast Systems to Aid Pacific Northwest ...

Harmful algal blooms (HABs) along the coasts of Washington and Oregon cause millions of dollars in economic losses due to HAB-toxin contaminated shellfish. On October 3, the office of Washington ...
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NOAA Funds Harmful Algal Bloom Forecast System Dev...

Razor clams are an economically important shellfish harvest off the coasts of Oregon and Washington. Closures due to Pseudo-nitzschia exposure in 2015 led to $22.7 million in losses. Credit: Washington ...
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New Benthic Habitat Mapping Technologies Evaluated

NCCOS scientists recently evaluated new, benthic habitat mapping technologies and methods during a five-day mission at Flat Cay in St. Thomas, USVI. Benthic habitats in the Caribbean - including, coral ...
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Sensitivity of California Current Species to Ocean...

The waters along the west coast of North America are some of the most biologically productive in the world. Cool water from high latitudes flows southward from the edge of ...
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Predicting Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia with We...

The California Current System (CCS) is among the most biologically productive regions of the world's oceans, but upwelling of coastal waters creates vulnerability to ocean acidification and hypoxia (OAH), which ...
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Products

Maps, Tools & Applications

The Ecological Assessment of Storm Impacts website includes a database of chemical and toxicological information on contaminants permitted for use in the St. Johns River Watershed, Florida, and the lower Columbia River watershed in Oregon and Washington.
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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

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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Groundfish biodiversity hotspots off the Pacific Coast of Oregon from 1971-09-05 to 2010-09-20 (NCEI Accession 0156467)

This data set comprises maps of predicted long-term groundfish biodiversity hotspot probabilities off the Pacific Coast of Oregon. Predicted hotspot probabilities are given for four biodiversity indices: 1) relative abundance, 2) relative biomass, and 3) species number for all groundfishes, ...
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Predictive mapping of seabirds, pinnipeds and cetaceans off the Pacific Coast of Washington from 1995-07-21 to 2015-12-08 (NCEI Accession 0148762)

This data collection comprises seasonal distribution maps and model outputs of selected seabird, pinniped and cetacean species off the Pacific coast of Washington. The maps were developed by predicting relative density using associative models linking at-sea species observations with environmental ...
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Marine ecology of Pacific lamprey: filling a gapin...

Pacific lamprey (Entosphenus tridentata) are native to rivers along the West Coast of North America, but their populations have declined dramatically in recent years for reasons that are unclear. There ...
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Sentinel Site Monitoring to Understand Local Clima...

Summary/Description The South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (Reserve) established Sentinel Sites in the reserve to understand the local effects of sea level rise on tidal wetland plant communities, including ...
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Monitoring Water Quality and Estuarine Acidificati...

The South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (Reserve) began monitoring water column parameters related to ocean/estuarine acidification in order to understand long-term trends in the System-Wide Monitoring Program (SWMP) water ...
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