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Water Quality Baseline Data to Improve Management of the Threatened Species Staghorn Coral, Acropora cervicornis

Staghorn Coral (Acropora cervicornis)

Staghorn Coral (Acropora cervicornis). Photo courtesy of NOAA's Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary

Center for Sponsored Coastal Ocean Research (CSCOR)-sponsored researchers have demonstrated that studies of temporal and spatial changes in phytoplankton biomass and turbidity provide essential information on coral reef ecosystem function and health that can inform management and ultimately lead to improved decision-making.

In a study sponsored by CSCOR, scientists compiled baseline data for La Parguera Natural Reserve, located in Southwestern Puerto Rico, and provided evidence to support the efficacy of using phytoplankton biomass and turbidity as sentinels of significant environmental factors

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