NOAA Raises Concerns About Effects of Wind Farm and Undersea Cables
Noah Asimow
Responding to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s nearly 500-page draft environmental impact statement, NOAA fisheries said in a letter that many of the conclusions lack sufficient evidence and require further examination.
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Born Polluted but Fates Aren't Sealed
Suzan Bellincampi

Last month, NOAA declared an Unusual Mortality Event for pinnipeds, a group of aquatic mammals that include seals.

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NOAA Eyes Possible Move from Woods Hole
Alex Elvin
NOAA is zeroing in on a new home for its Northeast Fisheries Science Center in Woods Hole. The organization began assessing the complex more than a year ago, in light of dwindling space.
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Climate Change Poses Challenge for Atlantic Fisheries
Alex Elvin

Warming and acidifying ocean waters will negatively affect many fish and shellfish stocks in the Northeast in the coming years, a new study has found.

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Off Squibnocket, NOAA Ship Pursues Mission to Survey Sea Bottom
Alex Elvin

The coastal mapping vessel Ferdinand R. Hassler is nearing the end of a two-month mission to gather data south of the Vineyard. The data will be used to update nautical charts that are based on surveys conducted mostly before 1940.

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To Protect Cod, Start With Habitat
Roger Fleming
Will we be the last generation to enjoy cod in New England?
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Three Sites Under Study As Marine Sanctuaries in Waters Off Vineyard
Remy Tumin

An Island-based group that includes fishermen, a documentary filmmaker and a world-renowned oceanographer are leading an unprecedented effort to create three marine protected areas in waters south of the Vineyard.

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NOAA Takes Over Sea Animal Rescues
Sara Brown
The New England Aquarium is shifting its mammal rescue efforts to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. It will no longer be the lead response agency for seal, dolphin and whale strandings Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket and the north shore of Massachusetts.
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Paper Charts Go the Way of Sextant in Digital Age
Mark Alan Lovewell

For many boaters the writing was already on the wall, but now it’s official. The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, office of nautical charts, announced last week it is moving out of the chart printing business. Next April the Maryland government facility that prints them will close.

The NOAA Office of Coastal Survey Marine Chart Division will continue to keep all its waterway information up to date using high-tech measures involving survey work, and charts will be electronically accessible for free in a number of ways.

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NOAA Research Vessel Charts Deep Water Secrets
Mark Alan Lovewell
Quick's Hole is a narrow passage that lies between the islands of Pasque and Nashawena, a treacherous passage lined with boulders on either side that earned its name from the swift currents running through it.

The hole lies seven miles northwest of Menemsha. Vessels traveling between Menemsha and New Bedford use this channel to thread the chain of the Elizabeth Islands. Rocks are visible along the shoreline, and many more dangers lie below, charted and uncharted.

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