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Benthic Habitat Maps Support Community-based Management of Coral Reef Ecosystems in the U.S.Virgin Islands

NCCOS staff and the U.S. Virgin Islands Marine Advisory Service are working together to provide maps of coral reef ecosystems to local groups in the U.S. Virgin Islands to support community-based management. The St. Thomas East End Reserve Community-based Management Planning Group (an interagency effort involving the USVI Dept. Planning and Natural Resources, The Nature Conservancy and the University of the Virgin Islands) used NOAA benthic habitat and watershed maps during stakeholder meetings to show the location of marine resources, and to identify hurricane mooring sites and sewage and nutrient loading sites around the perimeter of the protected area.

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