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Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems Found to Host Species from Shallower Reefs

Researchers in Hawaii recently discovered that coral habitats found at intermediate depths between 30-150 meters (about 100-490 feet) host some of the same species that live on coral reefs in shallower waters. These coral communities are light dependent, but thrive at depths where sunlight penetration is low. The scientific name for the area where these […]

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Collaboration Identifies Additional Threat to Endangered Seal Species

NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service conservationists are looking into why Hawaiian Monk seal numbers continue to decline despite their best efforts and asked NOS scientists to test for evidence of what might be ailing the animals. Using state-of-the-art analytical methods, the researchers discovered that nearly 20 percent of the samples taken from free-ranging monk seals […]

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Scientific Maps of Fragile Pacific Coral Ecosystem Provide Baseline Data for Conservation and Study

To support the development of the first digital seafloor habitat mapping tool for Palmyra Atoll, researchers from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science undertook an accuracy assessment data (“ground truthing”) collection trip in June, 2010. During the three-week mission, the group collected data to outline the distribution of coral reef ecosystems and fish communities […]

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Community Efforts to Protect Coral Reefs Gets Financial Backing

The National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science‚Äôs Regional Ecosystem Prediction Program on Coral Reef Ecosystem Studies (CRES) has awarded $200K to the University of Hawaii at Manoa Kewalo Marine Laboratory to address the effects of land-based sources of pollution on coral reefs in the Pacific. The money will fund the first year of a five-year, […]

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