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What's New: August 2011

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Coast Survey Navigation Response to Hurricane Irene Speeds Resumption of Shipping in Hampton Roads

NOAA's role in hurricanes does not end with forecasting. Days before Hurricane Irene hit the U.S., the Office of Coast Survey mobilized assets and personnel, getting ready to respond to navigational needs of the 192 ports in Irene's path along the Eastern Seaboard. More...

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NOS Responds to Hurricane Irene

Hurricane Irene may be over, but works continues across the National Ocean Service. Read a synopsis of NOS activity and key information gathered before, during, and after the tropical storm. NOS contributes a host of services before, during, and after a hurricane strikes, ranging from tidal and current information, to navigation and aerial surveys, to long-range recovery assistance planning. More...

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Mysterious "Orange Goo" Washes Ashore in Northwest Alaska in Early August

In early August, a mysterious "orange goo" substance washed ashore in the remote Inupiaq village of Kivalina along Alaska's northwest coast. The unusual phenomenon generated a lot of media speculation and troubled residents of the village, who feared contamination of their water tanks and berry harvest. More...


Lionfish Spotted in Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary

Several juvenile lionfish, normally native to the Indo-Pacific, were spotted recently in NOAA's Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, located 70 to 115 miles off the coasts of Texas and Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico. This is the first instance of lionfish in the sanctuary since the species spread to U.S. East Coast waters in 2000. More...

Scientists assess dolphin health

Scientists assess dolphin health in Louisiana

NOAA scientists and partners recently completed a 15 day capture and release dolphin health assessment in Barataria Bay, Louisiana. The study, a part of the continuing Natural Resource Damage Assessment for the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, gave scientists the ability to conduct a hands-on physical exam of individual dolphins to assess potential sub-lethal, chronic, and indirect health impacts of the spill. More...

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NOAA-supported scientists find large dead zone in Gulf of Mexico

NOAA-supported scientists found the size of this year's Gulf of Mexico dead zone to be 6,765 square miles. Researchers had predicted the potential for a record sized dead zone between 8,500 and 9,421 square miles due to the spring flooding of the Mississippi River and the associated large loads of nutrients running off into the Gulf, but strong winds and waves associated with Tropical Storm Don disrupted the western portion of the dead zone. More...

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NOAA Returns 100-Year-Old Anchor to Sea

On Aug. 11, NOAA's Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary returned a 100-plus-year-old anchor to the sea. The anchor is now a protected historical resource available to divers. More...

Gulf of Mexico at a Glance: A Second Glance

Highlighting the Economic and Ecological Value of the Gulf of Mexico Coast

Looking for a reference to support regional decision making and communications about the importance of healthy Gulf coastal ecosystems to a robust national economy, a safe population, and a high quality of life? Check out the Gulf of Mexico at a Glance: A Second Glance. More...