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NCCOS Scientists Contribute to Guanica Bay, Puerto Rico Restoration Effort

NCCOS divers conducted a baseline assessment of Guanica Bay that will ultimately help scientists and managers evaluate the effectiveness of future restoration efforts. Photo: NCCOS

NCCOS divers conducted a baseline assessment of Guanica Bay that will ultimately help scientists and managers evaluate the effectiveness of future restoration efforts. Photo: NCCOS

Scientists from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science recently returned from a successful field mission to Guanica, Puerto Rico. This mission was a core component of a larger collaborative effort to restore the Guanica Bay watershed and improve the condition of the neighboring coral reef ecosystem. The co-led NCCOS/University of Puerto Rico component of this effort includes a baseline assessment of biological resources (fish, corals and seagrass), chemical contaminants, nutrients and sedimentation rates, prior to proposed watershed restoration activities. This information will then be utilized to evaluate the subsequent effectiveness of restoration efforts. Complementary efforts to identify, design and implement appropriate watershed restoration activities are being lead by the Center for Watershed Protection, NOAA

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