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NOAA Scientists Develop First Comprehensive Habitat Maps for National Parks Service’s Buck Island Reef National Monument

Last week, scientists from NCCOS released new habitat maps for Buck Island Reef National Monument (BIRNM) describing the geology and biology of the seafloor from 0 to 1,830 meters (m) in depth. These maps were developed using a combination of manual and computer-based mapping methods, which integrated remotely-sensed images acquired by six different sensors. This effort marks the […]

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NOAA Partnership Research Fills Critical Data Gaps in the US Virgin Islands

To provide new high resolution data for the nearshore waters of St. Thomas, St. John, and St Croix, USVI, NCCOS scientists partnered with NOAA’s Office of Coastal Survey, Fugro LADS Corporation, and the US Virgin Islands Territorial Government. The new data filled what were previously significant data gaps in coastal waters (0-30 m water depth). NOAA’s Office of Coast […]

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Characterizing and Monitoring Coral Reef Ecosystems in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands

Collaborating with local partners, scientists from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science recently completed annual research missions in St. John, USVI, and the La Parguera/Guanica region of southwest Puerto Rico, where they continue to evaluate the health of marine resources, including reef fish, corals and invertebrates. In both locations, dive teams surveyed habitats to […]

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Biogeographic Assessment of the Samoan Archipelago Sheds Light on Marine Life and Biological Connectivity Among Islands

A new NOAA report provides the sharpest picture yet of one of the world’s more vibrant coral reef ecosystems and presents an approach for identifying and conserving marine biological hotspots throughout the region. Prepared by NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, A Biogeographic Assessment of the Samoan Archipelago examines the regional ocean climate, distribution […]

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Scientists Conduct Baseline Assessment of Fish and Benthic Communities of the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary

Understanding potential fishing impacts has been identified as a priority management issue at the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary. In May, scientists from NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science and partnering agencies conducted the second of three planned remotely operated vehicle (ROV) cruises to develop baseline information about the sanctuary’s deepwater fish and […]

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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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