Mission to Explore and Map Underwater Habitats off Vieques, Puerto Rico
Scientists from NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science and partners are conducting a scientific expedition to explore and characterize nearshore habitats (10-300m depth) off the coasts of Vieques. The mission runs from March 27 to April 3, 2009 aboard the NOAA ship NANCY FOSTER, and marks the sixth year of the project. Scientists will collect high-resolution bathymetry; habitat hardness and roughness; and complementary video data that will provide information about the characteristics of seafloor coral reef ecosystems. Data generated during this mission will support natural resource management in Federal and territorial waters of Puerto Rico. The group will also host outreach and education events for a number of invited guests including local fishermen academia and about 35 area students. For additional information visit http://ccma.nos.noaa.gov/products/biogeography/usvi_nps/details.aspx.