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Puerto Rico Coral Reef Surveys Support Conservation Efforts

Puerto Rico’s coral reefs play an important cultural and commercial role in the island’s economy, but are under constant pressure from man-made and natural stressors. In response, NCCOS researchers recently began collecting data on Puerto Rico’s reefs that can help local, natural resource managers address coral reef management concerns. Last month, NCCOS scientists, in conjunction […]

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Study Describes Social-ecological System of La Parguera, Puerto Rico

A new study describes the social-ecological system of La Parguera, Puerto Rico, and identifies the different pressures that have changed this system over the last 40 years. According to the report, multiple pressures have changed this ecosystem, including: sedimentation, nutrient enrichment, elevated seawater temperatures, and overfishing. La Parguera is a small fishing village on the […]

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Potential Offshore Wind Energy Area in North Carolina Mapped

Earlier this month, NCCOS researchers and their partners mapped the seafloor and characterized the hardbottom habitat of the potential wind energy area off of Cape Fear, N.C. This final expedition of a four leg mission ran for 10 days aboard NOAA Ship Nancy Foster to provide a baseline biological assessment of the distribution of marine fishes […]

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Baseline Assessment of Marine Ecosystems in St. John Aids Coastal Management

A new NCCOS study presents baseline information about the ecology and pollution stress in Coral and Fish Bays in St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. The information will help support evaluations of the effectiveness of watershed management activities, including those funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The study quantified the biogeographic status of the […]

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2014 Nancy Foster Mission: The Importance of the Research Vessel

Notes from the scientific expedition team aboard the NOAA Ship Nancy Foster (March 15–April 3): The Importance of the Research Vessel By Colin Kliewer, Operations Officer on the NOAA Ship Nancy Foster There will always be a need to study the ocean environment. To do this, scientists need a key component for their work at sea—a […]

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2014 Nancy Foster Mission: ROVing the Depths of the Caribbean Sea

Notes from the scientific expedition team currently aboard the NOAA Ship Nancy Foster (March 15–April 3): ROVing the Depths of the Caribbean Sea by Leslie Marie Henderson, Guest Blogger from the University of the Virgin Islands When I say, “I am a scientist,” what do you imagine? A nerd with safety goggles wearing a white lab […]

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Invasive Grass Carp and Impacts to Great Lakes

Non-native Grass Carp, introduced to U.S. ponds and lakes by federal and state agencies in the early 1960s, were considered a low cost, nonchemical alternative for aquatic weed control. Despite the common use of sterile Grass Carp as a biological control agent, scientists remain uncertain about the ecological risk the carp pose to North American freshwater […]

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