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Second Mission to Characterize St. Thomas’s Contaminants, Marine Resources

Following up on last year’s contaminant characterization field mission, scientists from NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science recently completed a two-week field mission to the St. Thomas East End Reserve. This year’s mission culminates a two-year effort to develop a baseline understanding of the reserve’s contamination, its toxicity, and also marine resources protected within […]

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NOAA Scientists Lead Multiagency Field Mission to Characterize Fish and Benthic Communities across St. Croix, USVI

On May 7-18, scientists from NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science and Southeast Fisheries Science Center led a multiagency field mission to conduct the most comprehensive visual fishery-independent characterization of fish and benthic communities around the island of St. Croix USVI to date. The mission was funded by NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program and […]

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Ciguatera Assays Aim to Improve the Safety of Tropical Seafood

Researchers from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science developed effective, inexpensive molecular lab tests for field samples to detect algae responsible for a widespread seafood-borne illness. In this month’s Journal of Phycology, the scientists describe assays to detect and quantify six species of Gambierdiscus that cause ciguatera fish poisoning in the Atlantic, Caribbean, and […]

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Second Field Season of Pollution and Ecosystem Characterization in the U.S. Virgin Islands Set to Begin

In June of this year, scientists from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) will begin the second phase of research aimed at characterizing impacts of land-based sources of pollution on diverse habitats of the St. Thomas East End Reserve (STEER) in the US Virgin Islands. The first phase of the research took place in June of […]

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Research Cruise Maps Caribbean Mesophotic Corals

The University of Puerto Rico research cruise, April 25-May 10, sponsored by the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, used high-resolution bathymetric mapping to further detail the distribution of MCEs within the U.S. Caribbean, which will aid in quantifying, understanding and eventually predicting their occurrence. Because MCEs serve as essential habitat and refugia for threatened […]

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Partnerships: Bringing Scientists and Resource Managers Together to Explore Opportunities for Using Fisheries Acoustics in the Southeast US

Underwater acoustics for mapping the water column Underwater acoustics (ie. fisheries sonars) uses sound to detect and map the presence of fish and other organisms in the water column.  An acoustic signal or ping is sent into the water column from an transducer.  The strength of the return signal is measured and is correlated to […]

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Social Scientists Prepare Locals for a Mapping Project

An Environmental Social Scientist at the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science traveled with NOAA colleagues to the US Virgin Islands the week of Feb 27th – March 2nd to lay the groundwork for a mapping study of human uses in the St Thomas East End Reserves (STEER). This spring, the project team will hold workshops on St […]

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