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NCCOS, NMFS and NERRS use Interferometric SoNAR to Map Jobos Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Puerto Rico

Scientists from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science and NMFS’s Chesapeake Bay Program Office (CBPO), in cooperation with partners from the Jobos Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (JBNERR), collected bathymetry and sidescan data from April 6th to 20th between the municipalities of Guayama and Salinas, Puerto Rico. These acoustic datasets were collected using an interferometric side-scan […]

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Publications: December 2008

Tech report: Bauer, L.J., C. Menza, K.A. Foley, and M.S. Kendall. 2008. An Ecological Characterization of the Marine Resources of Vieques, Puerto Rico. Part I: Historical Data Synthesis. Prepared by National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS)  in cooperation with the Office of Response and Restoration. Silver Spring, MD. NOAA Technical Memorandum NOS NCCOS 86. […]

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New Seafloor Data Enable Mapping of Shallow-Water Coral Ecosystems to Support Local Coastal Resource Managers

Scientists from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, in collaboration with the National Weather Service, National Geophysical Data Center, and Office of Coast Survey, completed airborne digital mapping of shallow-water coral ecosystems of southwest Puerto Rico. In addition to measuring ocean depth, innovative new processing techniques were developed to also discern seafloor habitat composition […]

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New Seascape Ecology Approach May Help Managers Identifying Essential Fish Habitat in Mangroves

National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science researchers have published a study on fish distribution and abundance in Caribbean mangroves that may help in the identification and evaluation of critical or essential fish habitat, the placement of marine protected areas, and the design of habitat restoration projects. The study develops an exploratory seascape ecology approach using the […]

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Greater Integration of NOS Activities to Benefit Management of Vieques Island Habitats

Scientists the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, along with others from NOS, met in Silver Spring on Nov. 28 to discuss the status of the NOAA Vieques Program. Significant attention was given to developing a strategy to complete an ecological assessment of Vieques, Puerto Rico to support local resource management. Meeting participants provided status […]

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Sediment Contamination Report to Enhance Management of a Natural Reserve Area in Southwest Puerto Rico

The National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science released a report on sediment contamination for Southwest Puerto Rico that provides important baseline data which can support the sustained management of local marine resources. The report titled, “An Assessment of Chemical Contaminants in the Marine Sediments of Southwest Puerto Rico http://www.ccma.nos.noaa.gov/publications/southwestpuertorico.pdf presents the first in-depth characterization of […]

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Restoration Activities In Vieques Supported by Contaminant Characterization

Scientists from the National Centers for C0astal Ocean Science conducted a follow up mission to Vieques, Puerto Rico on October 19 – 25 to characterize sediment contamination in area lagoons. Working in close cooperation with NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration and Navy personnel, NCCOS researchers sampled nine inland lagoons to quantify chemical contaminants in […]

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Seafloor Habitat Data Now Available to Assist Resource Management of Puerto Rican Conservation Areas

Spatial data on high-resolution bathymetry, habitat hardness and habitat roughness, along with complementary underwater video from Puerto Rican Conservation Areas are now available online to advance management of these areas. Scientists from the National Centers for C0astal Ocean Science conducted a scientific research mission on board the NOAA ship NANCY FOSTER from April 14 – […]

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