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NCCOS Kicks off Benthic Habitat Mapping and Data Integration Project at St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands

NCCOS, in partnership with the National Park Service and NOAA’s Coastal Service Center, initiated a project to develop new benthic habitat map products for the waters off the island of St. John, USVI.

This project has been designed to meet multiple management questions and issues, such as damage assessments and marine protected area evaluations.

Plans are to complete the habitat and bathymetry map products in the spring of 2009 and couple them with ongoing biological assessments, to further understand species habitat affinities and to monitor recovery of living marine resources based on NPS management actions.

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