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NCCOS Research Featured in EPA Harmful Algal Blooms Regional Forum

Southwestern states and Pacific Islands are experiencing increasing occurrences of harmful algal blooms in both coastal ocean and freshwater bodies. Recently the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in collaboration with a key regional partner, the California Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program, convened a forum for federal, state, tribal and local agencies, lake managers, and water […]

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Multi-Agency Team Tracks Restored North Carolina Wetland

Wilson Bay in Jacksonville, NC was transformed from a polluted waterway to a healthy wetland ecosystem by a community-wide partnership. To assess the success and future health of the restored wetlands, a multidisciplinary team is tracking the habitat restoration site. Partners include NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS), University of North Carolina Institute of Marine Sciences […]

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Toxin Sensor off Washington Coast Provides Early Warning

A sensor for the algal neurotoxin domoic acid (DA), developed by NCCOS scientists, was deployed last week off the Washington coast on an Environmental Sample Processor (ESP). Designed by the Monterey Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) and known as “ESPfriday,” the processor is operated by the Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NWFSC). The DA sensor, along with harmful […]

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Small Fish Could Be In Big Trouble Without Wetlands

Coastal population growth and a desire to guard against sea level rise and coastal erosion has led to extensive conversions of natural wetlands and beaches to bulkheads and riprap. A new NCCOS-funded study recently published in Estuaries and Coasts explores how these changes are affecting fish and crustaceans in nearshore areas of Chesapeake Bay. Across all species, small […]

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NCCOS, Maryland Sea Grant Oyster Project Highlighted in Bay Journal

A joint NCCOS and Maryland Sea Grant project that estimates the nutrient-removal benefits to the Chesapeake Bay provided by oyster aquaculture was highlighted in the Bay Journal last week. The project included partnering with Maryland oyster growers to study the potential role of oyster filter feeding as a nutrient management tool and the value of that […]

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Ocean Warming Expands Range of Harmful Algal Blooms

A recent study led by NCCOS and Stony Brook University concludes that rising ocean temperatures are expanding the geographical range of harmful algal blooms and intensifying the blooms themselves in the North Atlantic and North Pacific oceans. Using high-resolution, ocean temperature data to model trends in growth rates and bloom-season duration for two toxic algae, Alexandrium fundyense […]

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NCCOS Helps Evaluate Water Quality at Largest Oyster Restoration Site in Chesapeake Bay

NCCOS scientists participated in a workshop last month in Annapolis, Maryland, to evaluate the relationship between water quality and the restored oyster reef in Harris Creek, near Tilghman Island in Chesapeake Bay. Harris Creek was the first tributary selected for restoration under the multi-agency Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement, which aims to restore oysters in 10 bay tributaries […]

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