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Office for Coastal Management, 2022: Planning the Future by Exploring the Past in Mississippi's Grand Bay - NERRS/NSC(NERRS Science Collaborative),

Item Identification

Title: Planning the Future by Exploring the Past in Mississippi's Grand Bay - NERRS/NSC(NERRS Science Collaborative)
Status: Completed

People have harvested oysters in Mississippi’s Grand Bay for more than 4,000 years. Today, that legacy is at a crossroads. Increased pollution from residential and industrial development and overtaxed wastewater treatment systems is flowing into the Bay with potentially far-reaching effects on ecosystems, human health, and local economies. To protect human health and identify areas at risk for habitat degradation and fisheries loss, local decision-makers need more information about the extent of these impacts on local ecosystems.


In response to this need, the Grand Bay Reserve worked with Dauphin Island Sea Lab to use Grand Bay as a benchmark estuary to define the legacy effects of land use change on water quality, historic and modern oyster populations, shifts in nitrogen sources, and pathogen accumulation.

Supplemental Information:

Project Lead and Contact:

Mark Woodrey, Grand Bay NERR,

Project Type: Collaborative Research


Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science Keywords
None nutrient pollution
None oyster
None pathogen
None stormwater
None water quality

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None Grand Bay, MS

Data Set Information

Data Set Scope Code: Data Set
Maintenance Frequency: None Planned
Distribution Liability:

The distributor does not assume liability.

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Metadata Contact

CC ID: 879745
Date Effective From: 2017-10-31
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Cothran, Jeremy
Email Address:


Currentness Reference: Ground Condition

Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 881004
W° Bound: -88.48
E° Bound: -88.39
N° Bound: 30.43
S° Bound: 30.31

Grand Bay, MS NERR

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 879749
Time Frame Type: Range
Start: 2010-09-01
End: 2014-09-01

Access Information

Security Class: Unclassified
Data Access Constraints:


Data Use Constraints:

Cite this dataset when used as a source: NOAA retains the right to analyze, synthesize and publish summaries of the NERRS/NSC data. The NERRS/NSC retains the right to be fully credited for having collected and process the data. Following academic courtesy standards, the NERR site where the data were collected should be contacted and fully acknowledged in any subsequent publications in which any part of the data are used. The data enclosed within this package/transmission are only as accurate as the quality assurance and quality control procedures that are described in the associated metadata reporting statement allow. The user bears all responsibility for its subsequent use/misuse in any further analyses or comparisons. The Federal government does not assume liability to the Recipient or third persons, nor will the Federal government reimburse or indemnify the Recipient for its liability due to any losses resulting in any way from the use of this data. Requested citation format: NOAA National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) Science Collaborative(NSC).



CC ID: 879746
URL Type:
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Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 57769
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:57769
Metadata Record Created By: Jeremy Cothran
Metadata Record Created: 2019-09-25 16:34+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: SysAdmin InPortAdmin
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2021-11-30 16:27+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2019-11-01
Owner Org: OCM
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Review Frequency: 1 Year