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What's New: October 2009

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Bringing States Together to Protect the South Atlantic Coast

On October 19, 2009, NOAA joined Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and other supporting partners as the states announced an agreement to work together to better manage and protect ocean and coastal resources, ensure regional economic sustainability, and respond to disasters such as hurricanes. More...


Real-Time Water, Weather Conditions Now Available for Lower Mississippi

A new ocean observing system on the lower Mississippi River serves up free real-time water and weather conditions for mariners ranging from ship captains to pleasure boaters. More...

New Strategy Sets Agenda for Study of Little-Understood Coral Communities

New Strategy Sets Agenda for Study of Little-Understood Coral Communities

Not all light-depedendant corals, sponges, and algae make their homes in shallow waters near the beach. Some live comfortably in much deeper tropical waters. These coral communities thrive at depths between 30-150 meters where sunlight penetration is low. With the release of a new research strategy, NOAA and partners set the stage for future studies about these unique ecosystems. More...

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Research Finds Fish-killing Toxin Holds Promising Cancer Applications

According to a new study by NOAA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), a powerful fish-killing toxin produced by a type of freshwater algae called Euglena sanguinea could also have cancer-killing properties. The research team discovered that the toxin – euglenophycin – has a molecular structure similar to that of a naturally occurring chemical compound from fire ant venom known to inhibit tumor development. More...