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Predicting Impacts of Climate Change on Success of...

We are investigating how rising atmospheric temperature and changing precipitation patterns will affect coastal hypoxia (low dissolved oxygen) in Chesapeake Bay. Hypoxia in the bay, caused by an excessive influx ...
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Restoring our Nation’s Wetlands using MAPTITE: A M...

We developed an ArcGIS-extension MAPTITE tool designed to help marsh planners maximize the success rate of vegetation restoration efforts. The tool identifies suitable locations for replenishing marsh plant species based ...
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Shellfish Aquaculture and Payment for Ecosystem Se...

With U.S. capture fisheries in decline, aquaculture is being seen as a way to increase the domestic supply of seafood. However, total aquaculture production in the U.S. has not changed ...
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Toward a Predictive Understanding of Cochlodinium ...

Large blooms of Cochlodinium polykrikoides have occurred throughout the lower Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries in recent decades and appear to be followed by increasingly intense blooms of the ichthyotoxic ...
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Transitioning to Operations NOAA Supported Statist...

The Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Research and Control Act (HABHRCA) mandates the development of scientific tools for natural resource managers to address hypoxia in coastal ecosystems. In response, NCCOS ...
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Where is the Fish Food? Chesapeake Bay Mesozooplan...

The purpose of this project is to collect and document the abundance and composition of Chesapeake Bay mesozooplankton, an important food source for juvenile fish in the region. The information ...
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HAB Study Confirms Alexandrium in Alaska, Develops...

In an effort to provide forecasting and detection products that empower communities to take action on HAB issues, a new publication in Phycologia documents the presence of Alexandrium fundyense and A. ostenfeldii in Alaska ...
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Hardened Shorelines Decrease Small Fish and Invert...

New NCCOS-sponsored research shows that shoreline hardening has mostly negative effects on estuarine animals. This is evident both at a local scale directly next to a hardened shoreline and at ...
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2016 Chesapeake Bay Hypoxia Forecast is Close to M...

As predicted by an earlier forecast sponsored by NCCOS, dissolved oxygen conditions in Maryland's portion of the Chesapeake Bay main channel continued to be average for most of the summer ...
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Panel Releases First Recommendations on Oyster Aqu...

This weekthe Chesapeake Bay Program and its partners approved the Oyster Best Management Practices Expert Panel's first recommendations on specific oyster aquaculture practices that remove excess nitrogen and phosphorus from ...
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NOAA Awards $3.4 million to Support Coastal Commun...

NOAA's National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science are awarding over $1.3 million, with an anticipated total of $3.4 million over the next four years, for research that will provide coastal ...
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New Funding to Protect Chesapeake Bay Oyster Aquac...

Last week, NCCOS approved funding for theVirginia Institute of Marine Scienceand a Virginia commercial oyster grower to examine the impacts of harmful algal blooms on oyster aquaculture during active blooms ...
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Another Average "Dead Zone" Predicted for Gulf of ...

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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Hardened Shorelines Associated with Seagrass Decli...

A recent studysponsored by NCCOS found that submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) in the saltier (and more southern) portions of Chesapeake Bay decreases in areas nearhardened shorelines.Shoreline hardening is anattempt to ...
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NCCOS Delivers Hard Truths on Hardened Shorelines ...

NCCOS-sponsored researchers have found that hardened shorelines have negative effects on fish; invertebrates, such as oysters and crabs; and submerged aquatic vegetation. Shoreline hardening is anattempt to stabilize coastal land ...
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NOAA and Partners Evaluate Oyster Nutrient Removal...

Scientists from NCCOS and the Northeast Fisheries Science Center were selected by the Chesapeake Bay Program Water Quality Goal Implementation Team, along with university researchers, federal, state and local resource ...
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