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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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NOAA’s 8th year Mapping the U.S. Caribbean Sea Floor: Exploring Coral Reef Ecosystems and Fish Spawning Areas

Quick link to daily mission logs and related products NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science kicked off the eighth year of a mission to explore and map underwater realms of the U.S. Caribbean aboard the NOAA Ship Nancy Foster. For many of the areas visited during this expedition, it’ll be the first time they’ve […]

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NOAA Coral Reef Ecosystem Characterization Efforts Expand in the U.S. Virgin Islands

The 2010 Caribbean Coral Reef Ecosystem Monitoring Project (CCREMP) surveys in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands mark an expansion of NOAA coral reef ecosystem characterization efforts into the East End Marine Park (EEMP). Established in 2003, the EEMP encompasses a mosaic of fringing reefs, mangrove forests, seagrass beds and nesting sites for endangered sea turtles. […]

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Preliminary Work in St. Thomas, USVI to Characterize Chemical Contaminants Completed

The St. Thomas East End Reserve or STEER, in the US Virgin Islands, is a collection of marine reserves and wildlife sanctuaries located on the eastern end of the island. Within the STEER, there are a variety of land use and maritime activities that have the potential to impact the natural ecosystem and its inhabitants. […]

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Seafloor Mapping Mission in the U.S. Virgin Islands Completed

National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science and partners just completed a successful seafloor mapping mission off the southern coasts of St. Thomas and St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The team used various SONAR technologies and a remotely operated vehicle to better understand the physical characteristics of the seafloor, locate and explore important seafloor […]

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NCCOS in the Field: 2010 Mission – Seafloor Mapping of the U.S Caribbean

From March 18 – April, 2010, scientists aboard the NOAA Ship Nancy Foster will be mapping the seafloor and studying the coral reef ecosystems and fish habitats of the region. Follow the scientists and their research activities by reading about the Mission and daily log. At the request of the Caribbean Fisheries Management Council, the […]

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Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument: Geopolitical Boundaries Give Way in Light of Scientific Information

Efforts are now underway to increase the percentage of complex reef habitat protected by the Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument based on long-term studies of the area by the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science. When the monument was established in 2001, its boundaries were based largely on territorial ownership, and did not take […]

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