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Long-term Data Set the Stage for Coastal Marine Spatial Planning in Puerto Rico

A CCREMP diver collects survey data along a transect line in Puerto Rico. Photo: NCCOS

A CCREMP diver collects survey data along a transect line in Puerto Rico. Photo: NCCOS

A long-term data series collected by scientists with the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science may help the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico as it moves ahead with coastal marine spatial planning (CMSP) efforts. Initial conversations are now being held with the Department of Natural and Environmental Resources and the University of Puerto Rico to utilize Caribbean Coral Reef Ecosystem Monitoring Project (CCREMP) efforts to inform CMSP. The CCREMP relates data collected in the field back to habitat maps and bathymetric models, enabling NCCOS scientists to model and map species level and community level information. These products then enable the management community to make spatially explicit management decisions, balancing conservation with human uses of the marine environment. Additionally, knowledge of the current status of fish, coral and macro

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