Category Archives: General

General thoughts from NOAA scientists and their partners.

Trying To Sample After the Equinox

By Dr. Ian Hartwell, Marine Biologist National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) This project was designed to provide baseline data on the ecological health  and condition of the bottom dwelling communities in the Nushagak and Kvichak Bays in southwestern Alaska. … Continue reading

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Marine Life in Gulf of Mexico Faces Multiple Challenges

By Maggie Broadwater, Guest Blogger from NOAA’s Harmful Algal Bloom Analytical Response Team. Editor’s Note: This is a revised posting by Maggie Broadwater of NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science that has corrected some factual misstatements in the original … Continue reading

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NCCOS to Use Acoustics to Better Understand Grouper and Snapper Breeding Patterns

Groupers and snappers, two highly commercially valuable types of marine fish, form large schools during their breeding season, which typically runs from January to April in the tropics. Fisherman in areas such as St. Croix, USVI, know this and use … Continue reading

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A New Ridge-to-Reef Study of the St. Croix East End Marine Park Supports Local Watershed Management Actions

By Alicia Clarke, CSS-Dynamac contractor to NCCOS National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) researchers and managers from the St. Croix East End Marine Park recently teamed to characterize and assess the status of the park’s marine environment, as well … Continue reading

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Scientists Look at 10 Years of Data to Describe Aspects of St. John’s Coral Reefs and Fish Populations

  The coral reef ecosystems of St. John, U.S. Virgin islands play an important cultural and economic role for the region, so it was with great concern that both scientists and residents of St. John began noticing a decline in … Continue reading

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Gulf of Maine Sampling Cruise Continues…..

Images and notes from the crew in the Gulf of Maine: The group getting trained on the Craib Corer. We completed our three training stations a little after 10 pm Wednesday. We arrived at our first station around 3:30 Thursday morning, November 7. … Continue reading

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New Research Cruise in the Gulf of Maine to Improve Red Tide Forecasting

The NOAA ship Okeanos Explorer will leave port in Rhode Island on Nov 6 and head north to the Gulf of Maine.  Forty stations will be sampled throughout the US portion of the Gulf to collect sediment samples.  The researchers … Continue reading

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