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US Expedition Explores Mysterious Puerto Rican Reef | Fox News Latino

A 12-foot hammerhead shark, an undersea canyon that suddenly plunges 900 feet and an enormous orange-and-brown barrel sponge are only a few things in an unexplored Puerto Rican reef that U.S. scientists are using sonar and submersibles to explore. “You could actually live in that thing it was so big,” said Tim Battista, the expedition’s […]

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NCCOS Scientists Met with U.S. Coral Reef Task Force Stakeholders to Report on that Status of Research in Caribbean

During the week of February 27, National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) researchers met with U.S. Coral Reef Task Force stakeholders to provide the status of NCCOS’ collaborative research efforts in the Caribbean. NCCOS scientists provided attendees a status of ongoing coral research projects in the Caribbean with special attention to the status of […]

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Characterizing and Monitoring Coral Reef Ecosystems in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands

Collaborating with local partners, scientists from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science recently completed annual research missions in St. John, USVI, and the La Parguera/Guanica region of southwest Puerto Rico, where they continue to evaluate the health of marine resources, including reef fish, corals and invertebrates. In both locations, dive teams surveyed habitats to […]

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Report: A Baseline Assessment of the Ecological Resources of Jobos Bay, Puerto Rico

This baseline assessment of Jobos Bay and surrounding marine ecosystems consists of a two part series. The first report (Zitello et al., 2008) described the characteristics of the Bay and its watershed, including modeling work related to nutrients and sediment fluxes, based on existing data. The second portion of this assessment, presented in this document, […]

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Marine Ecosystem Snapshot Assists Federal Agencies’ Efforts to Improve Water Quality

In order to assess whether U.S. Department of Agriculture best management practices in Puerto Rico benefit water quality around coral reefs, NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Science has completed the second of two reports that establish the conditions of the water, plants, and animals in Jobos Bay. This snapshot of the bay can be used […]

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Cost-effective Technique for Mapping Reef Fish Distributions to Support Coral Reef Management

Scientists from NOAA’s National Center for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) have developed a cost-effective modeling technique for mapping the most important coral reefs for keystone fish species in the U.S. Caribbean. The techniques used only two types of existing data: (1) a detailed map of the seafloor bathymetry collected from airborne laser altimetry, also known […]

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Research Mission Investigates Caribbean Mesophotic Coral Reefs; Puerto Rico and USVI

Investigating mesophotic coral ecosystems in the waters surrounding the Caribbean islands of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) is the purpose of a National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science-supported research mission. Mesophotic coral ecosystems – ‘meso’ for middle and ‘photic’ for light – are the deepest of the light-dependent coral reefs and are […]

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Thriving ‘Middle Light’ Reefs Found in Puerto Rico

NOAA-funded scientists found extensive and biologically diverse coral ecosystems occurring at depths between 100-330 feet within a 12 mile span off the southwestern coast of Puerto Rico. With the overall health of shallow coral reefs and the abundance of reef fish in Puerto Rico in decline, this finding brings hope that deeper fish stocks may […]

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