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Coastal Development Impacts Puerto Rico’s Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems

NCCOS-supported research recently published in Coral Reefs suggests coastal development negatively impacts mesophotic coral ecosystems, which were previously considered less likely to be affected by anthropogenic activities due to their greater depths. The project assessed the vulnerability of light-dependent mesophotic coral ecosystems (MCEs) off the south coast of Puerto Rico to anthropogenic impacts. Results showed that MCEs located […]

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Association of Marine Lab Conference Features Caribbean Ciguatera Research

To raise awareness about a resurgence of Ciguatera Fish Poisoning (CFP) in the Caribbean and the current state of ciguatera research, NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) led a special session on ciguatera at the Association of Marine Laboratories of the Caribbean 37th Scientific Conference in Willemstad, Curaçao, during the week of May […]

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NCCOS Increases the Sonar Survey Accuracy of the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer

To ensure consistency in the quality of scientific echosounder and sonar data being collected by NOAA research ships, NCCOS has partnered with the Office of Exploration and Research to calibrate the scientific echosounder on the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer.  Researchers from NCCOS joined the Okeanos in Puerto Rico to conduct the calibration and train the […]

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NOAA Partnership Improves Accessibility to NCCOS Echosounder Survey Data

Seafloor maps that include fishery echosounder data from the NCCOS-led coral reef ecosystem characterization surveys of the US Caribbean (2010-2014) are now available to the public through the National Geophysical Data Center Water Column Sonar Viewer.  The original objectives of the echosounder and sonar surveys were to map habitats of the seafloor and distribution of reef […]

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Mesophotic Habitats Are a Refuge for Large, Overfished Species in Southwest Puerto Rico

NCCOS-supported research found that commercially important fish, such as snappers and groupers, off southwest Puerto Rico are more abundant at mesophotic depths (60–80 meters) than shallow depths (30 meters or less). The study, published in the journal Coral Reefs, suggests that mesophotic coral ecosystems serve as a refuge for heavily exploited, shallow-water reef species and […]

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Scientists Develop Accurate Seafloor Habitat Map for Puerto Rico’s Northeast Grand Reserve

NCCOS scientists recently collected marine habitat data in Puerto Rico’s Northeast Grand Reserve to validate a draft seafloor map of this land and marine protected area in northeast Puerto Rico. Using high definition, underwater video cameras, the team surveyed four hundred sites within the reserve to document reefs and other critical habitats. The researchers will combine […]

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Scientists Assess Contaminants in Vieques, Puerto Rico Shellfish

A team of scientists from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science and the Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management recently completed field sampling of conch and lobster tissues in Vieques, Puerto Rico. The shellfish tissues will be analyzed for a suite of contaminants, including heavy metals, energetic compounds, and chlorinated pesticides. The project […]

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