Nutrient Analyses in Vieques, Puerto Rico to Support Local Restoration Activities
Scientists from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science conducted nutrient analyses in Vieques, Puerto Rico that will be incorporated into an integrated assessment to help target restoration efforts and facilitate management of these valuable marine resources. On September 23-25, NCCOS scientists traveled to Vieques to collect water samples to characterize nutrient concentrations in coastal lagoons and near-shore waters around the island. NCCOS scientists, working in close cooperation with NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration, will analyze the water samples for total phosphorus, nitrate, ammonium, urea, orthophosphate, and silica. This field mission represents the fourth of eight sampling missions to Vieques designed to assess the variability in nutrient pollution across space and time.