NCCOS Collaboration Results in Ecological Characterization to Improve Management of Land-based Sources of Pollution in Puerto Rico
The National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) in cooperation with the Coral Reef Conservation Program and USDA has published a report that characterizes potential land-based sources of pollution to the coral reef ecosystem of the NOAA National Estuarine Research Reserve at Jobos Bay, Puerto Rico to better mitigate their effects. Characterizing Jobos Bay, Puerto Rico: A Watershed Modeling Analysis and Monitoring Plan provides an initial screening of areas on the landscape that may exert the greatest stress on the coral reef ecosystem from sedimentation and pollution. In addition, the report includes a description of the monitoring efforts being conducted by NOAA and local NERRS staff in the estuary. The publication is a component of a larger cooperative project with USDA, EPA, USGS and Puerto Rico DNRA to assess the effectiveness of agricultural best management practices in the watershed. The report is available online at http://ccma.nos.noaa.gov/ecosystems/coralreef/ceap/ and hard copies are available upon request.
Significance: The findings of this characterization support efforts by USDA and NOAA scientists to evaluate the effectiveness of selected conservation practices and make recommendations for other agricultural operations in tropical regions.