National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) - Center for Coastal Fisheries and Habitat Research


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101 Pivers Island Road
Beaufort, NC 28516
United States

Laboratory Representative


NCCOS is the focal point for coastal ocean science within NOAA’s National Ocean Service.  Our research areas and strategy were selected in response to Federal legislation, stakeholder input, and in concert with our scientific expertise and capabilities.  We work with the NOS Coastal Science Board to identify the science needs of coastal managers and to prioritize our research. We work directly with environmental resource managers, industry, regulators, and scientists to deliver relevant, timely, and accurate scientific information and tools.


NCCOS’s Center for Coastal Fisheries and Habitat Research (CCFHR) provides coastal resource managers with cutting-edge science on the ecology and detection of harmful algal blooms, shoreline response to climate change, invasive species, and the effects of coastal habitat change and restoration on living marine resources such as seagrasses, marshes, reefs, and fish.  Models, products and services directly support Federal State and local restoration projects. Research has directly led to specific commercial products to protect human health from algal toxins, and support forecasts of harmful algae. Also, Center research directly supports State and local creation of resilient shorelines to buffer against sea level rise and other climate impacts.


CCFHR develops tools for detecting and mitigating the risks of harmful algal to human health and coastal economies and ecosystems. Our algal toxin test kits and other molecular-based tools enhance the HAB monitoring capabilities of public health officials, tribal and state marine resource managers, commercial and subsistence fishermen, aquaculture facilities, and academic research programs. We are improving seafood safety and food security within the US and internationally.


CCFHR provide research and management guidance to improve marine spatial planning, specializing in evaluating effectiveness of protected areas and in siting aquaculture and restoration projects. Our capabilities include scientific and deep-technical diving and ROV and underwater acoustics. We also have expertise in the delineation, recovery and restoration of injured habitats and support federal, state and local habitat protection and restoration, including Department of Justice litigation of habitat injuries in public trust waters.


CCFHR develops information and tools to help communities understand how sea level rise and weather extremes will impact their shorelines and waterfront properties. We also offer guidance for effective shoreline management based on enhancing the stabilization capabilities of natural shorelines, and we assist coastal communities in adapting to changing shorelines. Our Alaska team works with coastal managers and Alaska communities to anticipate and adapt to a changing environment, balance multiple coastal uses, and sustainably manage coastal resources.


The Center focuses research on injured habitats and communities, and on estimating natural and human induced mortality, growth, and reproduction. These missions support NOAA's broader mission of sustaining healthy coasts.

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