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Planning for Sustainable Shellfish Aquaculture in ...

Eutrophication is the overabundance of nutrients in a body of water that results in harmful algal blooms, fish kills, and in some cases ecosystem collapse. We are investigating the feasibility ...
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Prioritizing Areas for Future Seafloor Mapping, Re...

We developed a spatial framework and online application to identify priorities for seafloor mapping and visual surveys along the U.S. west CONUS coast (WCC), off California, Oregon and Washington. This ...
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Shellfish Killers: An Optimized Early Warning Prog...

We are collecting data to understand the impacts of shellfish-killing algae and their toxins on aquaculture farms and wild populations and to develop a warning system for growers and managers ...
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Strengthening Early Warning and Forecasts of Domoi...

In the Pacific Northwest (PNW), blooms of Pseudo-nitzschia that produce domoic acid (DA) are a significant human health threat and extremely costly to coastal communities. This project improves early warnings ...
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The Columbia River Plume and Harmful Algal Blooms ...

We identified the oceanographic causes and transport routes for the harmful alga Pseudo-nitzschia in the offshore waters of the Pacific Northwest and improved predictability of the arrival of harmful algal ...
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Tracking the Extent and Effect of Hypoxia on Comme...

Low oxygen or hypoxic zones have increased in the Pacific Northwest. We are working with Dungeness crab fishermen in Oregon to deploy dissolved oxygen sensors on commercial crab pots to ...
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Validation of a Triplex Test for Saxitoxin, Domoic...

We will evaluate an assay that simultaneously detects paralytic shellfish poisoning, amnesic shellfish poisoning, and diarrhetic shellfish poisoning toxins in mussels.  Why We Care Shellfish aquaculture is a large and ...
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Value of the Pacific Northwest Harmful Algal Bloom...

We will estimate the economic benefits of the Pacific Northwest Harmful Algal Bloom Bulletin, using a methodology that quantifies the value of information. Why We Care The razor clam and ...
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First Compendium on Deep-water Algae of Puerto Ric...

A new taxonomic publication describes the relatively unknown algal flora of mesophotic coral ecosystems in Puerto Rico. Theseecosystems are characterized by the presence of light-dependent corals and associated communities found ...
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Tour America's Coastal Aquaculture on MarineCadast...

NOAA's Office for Coastal Management and National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science have produced the first edition of the national coastal ocean aquaculture geospatial data layer. This project compiles current ...
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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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Southeast Alaska Tribes Trained in Minimizing Risk...

NCCOS scientists instructed environmental personnel from the southeast Alaska tribes in toxic phytoplankton sampling and identification techniques during the Fourth Workshop of the Southeast Alaska Tribal Toxins (SEATT) Partnership in ...
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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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NCCOS Supported HAB Sensors Highlighted at NOAA Em...

NCCOS efforts to provide early warnings as well as effective monitoring and forecasting of harmful algal blooms through the use of the ImagingFlow Cytobot (microscope-in-a-can) and the Environmental Sample Processor ...
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NOAA Student Scholars Present Summer Research With...

Ten student undergraduate scholars, most with the NOAA Educational Partnership Program and Hollings Scholarship Program, are interning this summer with the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) in Silver Spring, ...
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Lagoon-Gulf Action Day Addresses HAB issues on the...

On July 14 in Washington, D.C., House Representatives from Florida Patrick Murphy (18th District) and Curt Clawson (19th District) hosted a Lagoon-Gulf Action Day to bring attention to the immediate ...
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NOAA Interns Support NCCOS Research in Choptank Ha...

Five NOAA interns joined NCCOS scientists and partners in a demanding week-long field survey to groundtruth high resolution WorldView satellite imagery of wetlands in the Choptank Habitat Focus Area on ...
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Salish Sea Activity Book

An activity book designed to introduce elementary school children to the animal, plant life and ecology of the Salish Sea ...
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Seasonal and interannual oxygen variability on the Washington and Oregon continental shelves

The coastal waters of the northern portion of the California Current System experience a seasonal decline in oxygen concentrations and hypoxia over the summer upwelling season that results in negative impacts on habitat for many organisms. Using a regional model ...
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Seasonal Cross-Shelf Flow Structure, Upwelling Relaxation, and the Alongshelf Pressure Gradient in the Northern California Current System

Moored observations are used to investigate the seasonal change in vertical structure of the cross-shelf circulation at a midshelf location in the northern California Current System. A streamwise–normal coordinate system is employed to eliminate meander- and eddy-induced biases in the ...
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