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      By comparing fish in the agriculturally-dominated Corsica River with fish caught in developed
      or forested rivers, we learn how land use affects fish health, diversity, and abundance. In the
      Chesapeake Bay, we catch more fish in nutrient-rich rivers adjacent to farms, but those fish are
      less healthy and more likely to carry disease. Photo credit: Tracy Gill.
By comparing fish in the agriculturally-dominated Corsica River with fish caught in developed or forested rivers, we learn how land use affects fish health, diversity, and abundance. In the Chesapeake Bay, we catch more fish in nutrient-rich rivers adjacent to farms, but those fish are less healthy and more likely to carry disease. Photo credit: Tracy Gill.

Solving environmental problems requires knowledge and power. Scientists have knowledge, but typically limited authority to change behavior. Decision-makers have power, but may lack in-depth knowledge of particular problems. Linking these two groups brings knowledge together with power to make informed decisions that can drive social change.

NCCOS works directly with managers, industry, regulators, and scientists to deliver relevant, timely, and accurate scientific information and tools. View our video overview.

NCCOS was formed within the National Ocean Service (NOS) in March 1999 as the focal point for coastal ocean science. 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 Ocean Science Board to identify coastal management needs and to prioritize our efforts.

NCCOS capabilities include (details are in our Centers' pages):

Related Documents

If you're interested in reading more about the organization, feel free to download the NCCOS Overview document, or view our Strategic Plan.