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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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New Algal Species Discovered in Puerto Rico, Name Honors Funding Source

National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science-sponsored scientists have discovered and described a new red algal genus and species from coral reef habitats in Puerto Rico. The new species, Cresia opalescens, is a small species of the red algae division Rhodophyta that inhabits crevices and small spaces in coral reefs. The chosen generic name honors the […]

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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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NCCOS Scientists Contribute to Guanica Bay, Puerto Rico Restoration Effort

Scientists from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science recently returned from a successful field mission to Guanica, Puerto Rico. This mission was a core component of a larger collaborative effort to restore the Guanica Bay watershed and improve the condition of the neighboring coral reef ecosystem. The co-led NCCOS/University of Puerto Rico component of […]

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Interactive Mapping Tool for Vieques, Puerto Rico Provides Rich Immersion into Underwater Habitats

NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science announced the launch of the Vieques Biogeography Integrated Online Mapper (BIOMapper). BIOMapper lets users interactively view data, aerial imagery, dive photography, underwater video, and related publications for the “Ecological Characterization of the Marine Resources of Vieques, Puerto Rico” project. The tool is an easy way to view the benthic […]

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Scientists Find Vieques’ Marine Ecosystems in Similar Condition as Other Areas of the U.S. Caribbean

The marine environment of Vieques, Puerto Rico appears to be less impacted by human activities than expected, according to researchers from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) on June 4. Despite 62 years of U.S. Navy activities, including live bombing exercises around much of the island, contamination of coastal sediments and corals was […]

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