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NOAA Completes Extensive Study on Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary

A recently completed three year assessment of the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary (FGBNMS) is the first to comprehensively describe fish and benthic communities across the full depth range of the sanctuary (60-400’).  Fish and benthic community information collected by three complementary techniques were employed to collect biological information to address the potential impacts of fishing activities […]

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NOAA Expedition Embarks to Investigate Coral Ecosystem Connectivity in the Gulf of Mexico

A NOAA-funded investigation of the relatively healthy, deep, mesophotic reefs of Pulley Ridge (off the southwest coast of Florida) begins the second leg of this summer’s expedition. From August 14-28, the University of Miami’s R/V F.G. Walton Smith will launch a surface driven remotely operated vehicle (ROV) to photograph the benthic and fish communities, as […]

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The National Coral Reef Monitoring Program begins “Puerto Rico” Phase

This summer, National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) researchers began collecting data on coral reefs around the island of Puerto Rico to help local natural resource managers address coral reef management concerns as part of the National Coral Reef Monitoring Program’s “Puerto Rico phase.” This program collects standardized biological, physical, and socioeconomic monitoring data […]

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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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Wave and Current Sensors Deployed to Enhance Reef Recovery in Puerto Rico

Researchers have deployed five oceanographic moorings on the coastal shelf off of Guayanilla, Puerto Rico, equipped with high-precision instrumentation to measure currents and waves. The data collected by the instruments will be used to fine tune models that are used to forecast coral reef recovery after large-scale disturbances, such as vessel groundings and hurricanes. Previous […]

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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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NCCOS Science Supports Management Review of Florida Keys Sanctuary

NCCOS is providing the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary with scientific and technical support that will enable the sanctuary to review and analyze information on human uses and natural resources and propose management alternatives for the region. The two groups recently co-hosted a workshop at the Key West Eco-Discovery Center, the fourth in a series of six […]

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Partners in Puerto Rico Learn How to Conduct Coral Reef Monitoring Surveys

NCCOS researchers recently trained partners in Puerto Rico to collect fish and coral data for the National Coral Reef Monitoring Program, a core component of NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program. Thirty scientists received classroom and in-water practical instruction and are now prepared to participate in reef surveys planned throughout Puerto Rico in 2014. The National […]

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