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Collaboration Identifies Additional Threat to Endangered Seal Species

NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service conservationists are looking into why Hawaiian Monk seal numbers continue to decline despite their best efforts and asked NOS scientists to test for evidence of what might be ailing the animals. Using state-of-the-art analytical methods, the researchers discovered that nearly 20 percent of the samples taken from free-ranging monk seals […]

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Innovative K-2 Marine Science Curriculum Expands Public Understanding of Hawaii’s Coral Reefs

Instilling an understanding and appreciation of Hawaii’s islands and nearshore waters in the next generation is an important educational goal of the Hawaii Coral Reef Initiative (HCRI), which has been sponsored by NOAA since 1998. Using activities, songs, and experiments designed for teachers and youngsters the Hawaii Coral Reef Initiative has released a new innovative […]

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Students Participate in a Virtual Exploration of Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems off Hawaii

Nearly 500 students from more than 35 classrooms “virtually” accompanied researchers from the University of Hawaii, Bishop Museum, and NOAA Fisheries on their research cruise to study mesophotic coral ecosystems. This research cruise is part of a National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science’s Deep-Coral Reef Ecosystem Studies Program (Deep-CRES) and is conducted in collaboration with […]

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Major Accomplishments of 2010

The National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) supports competitively-funded, regional, multiyear, multidisciplinary ecosystem research, modeling, and information delivery activities to improve predictions and management decisions in the coastal ocean and Great Lakes.  In 2010 NCCOS advanced understanding and developed tools for management in three major research areas: hypoxia, deep light-dependent coral reefs, and harmful […]

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Report Sheds Light on Marine Protected Area Design and Function in Hawaii

A recent report published by the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science links protected areas in Hawaii with greater fish abundance, size and diversity, as well as higher coral species richness, illustrating the effectiveness of the closures. The report, Monitoring Hawaii’s Marine Protected Areas: Examining Spatial and Temporal Trends Using a Seascape Approach, compares four marine […]

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Community Efforts to Protect Coral Reefs Gets Financial Backing

The National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science’s Regional Ecosystem Prediction Program on Coral Reef Ecosystem Studies (CRES) has awarded $200K to the University of Hawaii at Manoa Kewalo Marine Laboratory to address the effects of land-based sources of pollution on coral reefs in the Pacific. The money will fund the first year of a five-year, […]

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Report Offers In-depth Look at Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine Life and Ecosystems

A new NOAA report published by the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science and the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries provides the sharpest picture yet of the marine life and ecosystems of the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument (PMNM). A Marine Biogeographic Assessment of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands examines the geographic distribution of the island chain’s […]

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Managers of America’s Largest Marine Reserve, Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument Rely on NOAA for Baseline Information

The National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science and the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries have just published a detailed portrait of marine life and ecosystems in Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument (PMNM) that will help to provide the baseline information called for in the reserve’s management plan, which was finalized in December of 2008. A Marine […]

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