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Global Study Sheds Light on Benefits of Shellfish and Seaweed Aquaculture

2/15/2022 - Shellfish and seaweed farms provide sustainable seafood and can improve the surrounding environment. Farmed oysters, mussels, and other bivalve shellfish are some of the most environmentally sustainable sources of animal protein. Worth an estimated $350 million in 2017, shellfish are the most valuable marine seafood produced via aquaculture in the… SEE MORE
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NOAA Releases 2022 Hydrographic Survey Season Plans

2/11/2022 - NOAA hydrographic survey ships and contractors are preparing for the 2022 hydrographic survey season in U.S. coastal waters and beyond. The ships collect bathymetric data (i.e. map the seafloor) to support nautical charting, modeling, and research, but also collect other environmental data to support a variety of ecosystem sciences. NOAA considers hydrographic survey requests… SEE MORE

Study Finds Melting Glaciers Could Produce Thousands of Kilometers of New Pacific Salmon Habitat

1/11/2022 - Researchers from Simon Fraser University and NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center found retreating glaciers in Alaska and British Columbia could open up new stream habitats for Pacific salmon. The findings were published today in the scientific journal Nature Communications. The researchers modeled glacier retreat under different climate change scenarios, essentially “peeling back the ice”… SEE MORE
Overwash of Cape Lookout National Seashore by large storm waves, North Carolina.

NOAA Study Assesses Vulnerability of Coastal Habitats to Climate Change in the NE

1/3/2022 - NOAA Fisheries and partners assessed the vulnerability of marine, estuarine, and riverine habitats in the Northeast United States to climate change. The findings were recently published in the scientific journal PLOS ONE. We found salt marshes, shellfish reefs, deep-sea corals, seagrasses, kelp, and intertidal habitats to be among the most vulnerable. The… SEE MORE