Category Archives: General

General thoughts from NOAA scientists and their partners.

‘What’s Cyst’ All About? Days 5-6 of HAB-Cyst Sampling

So there’s been a lot of talk about collecting sediment from the sea floor for processing and future analyses, but we haven’t explained the full importance of what NOAA’s scientists are actually after–the cysts! We’ve mentioned that they come from … Continue reading

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Playing in the Mud – Days 3-4 of HAB-Cyst Sampling

With our training complete and three days of sampling under our belts, the science team has settled into a routine, tackling an average of two sites in each four-hour shift, depending on the length of transit between them. This puts … Continue reading

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The Tide Rules This Place

By Ian Hartwell, NCCOS Oceanographer 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 Alaska. Almost no information exists for this area despite … Continue reading

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Scientists Complete a Comprehensive Biological Study of Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary

By Randy Clark, NCCOS Marine Biologist An Ocean Oasis On the northern continental shelf of the Gulf of Mexico there are many banks that rise out of the depths. Many of these act as an oasis in a relatively deep … Continue reading

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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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