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Seascape Characterization of Buck Island Reef National Monument to Inform and Improve Future Marine Monitoring, Research, and Management Efforts

NCCOS has released a “seascape characterization” report, which will help natural resource managers conserve and protect the coral reef ecosystem of Buck Island Reef National Monument and the surrounding seascapes of northeastern St. Croix, United States Virgin Islands (USVI). A digital pdf version of the report, “Fish Assemblages and Benthic Habitats of Buck Island Reef National Monument (St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands) and the Surrounding Seascape: A Characterization of Spatial and Temporal Patterns” is available at: http://ccma.nos.noaa.gov/publications/biogeography/STC_LTR_Final.pdf. The report is the result of a project which integrates field data on coral condition, living marine resources, and benthic habitats through an ongoing collaboration between NCCOS, NOAA‘s Coral Reef Conservation Program, the U.S. National Park Service (NPS), and the Virgin Islands Department of Planning and Natural Resources (VI-DPNR).

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