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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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The National Coral Reef Monitoring Program begins “Puerto Rico” Phase

This summer, National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) researchers began collecting data on coral reefs around the island of Puerto Rico to help local natural resource managers address coral reef management concerns as part of the National Coral Reef Monitoring Program’s “Puerto Rico phase.” This program collects standardized biological, physical, and socioeconomic monitoring data […]

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New Protocol Allows Scientists to Monitor Toxic Bottom-dwelling Algae at Low Cost

Using little more than a window screen to collect algae, NCCOS scientists have developed a simple, low-cost protocol for monitoring harmful, bottom-dwelling algae in diverse marine habitats around the world. The window screens mimic natural surfaces that harbor toxic algae and allow direct comparisons of algae abundance from different locations. In a series of field […]

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Puerto Rico Coral Reef Surveys Support Conservation Efforts

Puerto Rico’s coral reefs play an important cultural and commercial role in the island’s economy, but are under constant pressure from man-made and natural stressors. In response, NCCOS researchers recently began collecting data on Puerto Rico’s reefs that can help local, natural resource managers address coral reef management concerns. Last month, NCCOS scientists, in conjunction […]

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Wave and Current Sensors Deployed to Enhance Reef Recovery in Puerto Rico

Researchers have deployed five oceanographic moorings on the coastal shelf off of Guayanilla, Puerto Rico, equipped with high-precision instrumentation to measure currents and waves. The data collected by the instruments will be used to fine tune models that are used to forecast coral reef recovery after large-scale disturbances, such as vessel groundings and hurricanes. Previous […]

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Study Describes Social-ecological System of La Parguera, Puerto Rico

A new study describes the social-ecological system of La Parguera, Puerto Rico, and identifies the different pressures that have changed this system over the last 40 years. According to the report, multiple pressures have changed this ecosystem, including: sedimentation, nutrient enrichment, elevated seawater temperatures, and overfishing. La Parguera is a small fishing village on the […]

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