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OCEAN FACT
What is an invasive species?

Invasive species are capable of causing extinctions of native plants and animals, reducing biodiversity, competing with native organisms for resources, and altering habitats.

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Ocean Shorts

Healthy coastal habitat plays an important role in reducing climate change. In this podcast, we talk with a NOAA environmental scientist about coastal blue carbon.

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About NOS

We translate science, tools, and services into action to address threats to coastal areas such as climate change, population growth, port congestion, and contaminants in the environment—all working towards healthy coasts and healthy economies.

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Coastal County Snapshots

Have you ever wondered what your coastal county looks like in terms of jobs, flood risk, wetland resources, and other economic and environmental factors?

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Mussel Watch Report

New! See NOAA's first long-term report of the national distribution of parasites and disease in mussels and oysters, using data gathered between 1995 and 2009.

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