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NOAA and Partners Map More Virgin Islands Seafloor

In October, NOAA scientists and partners collected seafloor photos and videos from over 355 locations around the St. Thomas East End Reserve, and in the Virgin Islands National Park and Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument. These new data will support management practices such as permitting, restoration, fisheries, climate change and scientific research; the depth […]

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FIS – Worldnews – NOAA vessel to map fish spawning sites off Florida coast

Scientists from Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and partner agencies will depart Key West this week aboard the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ship Nancy Foster to map fish spawning sites between Key West and the Dry Tortugas. Data collected on this 10-day research cruise will enhance scientific understanding of fish spawning locations, as […]

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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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Research Cruise to Survey Sanctuary’s Fish and Benthic Communities

From June 19-23, researchers from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science will lead a research cruise in the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary in the Gulf of Mexico. The cruise is the seventh of eight planned that will result in the most comprehensive spatial assessment of fish and benthic communities within the sanctuary […]

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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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NOAA Science Supports New York’s Offshore Energy Planning

On March 20, 2012, NOAA and New York’s Department of State jointly announced the release of A Biogeographic Assessment of Seabirds, Deep Sea Corals and Ocean Habitats of the New York Bight. The 2-year study, led by scientists at NCCOS and New York’s Department of State Ocean and Great Lakes Program, will advance New York’s management of its […]

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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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