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New Recruits Comprise most of Coral Area Found in 2014

A completed analysis from the 2014 expedition to Pulley Ridge based on remotely operated vehicle (ROV) observations revealed significant areas of new coral growth. The findings were compiled from a total of 24 ROV dives to characterize the mesophotic coral reef ecosystems off the southwest coast of Florida and the Tortugas, and determined over 56.5 percent […]

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Expedition Marks Twelve Years of Discovery in the Caribbean

Scientists recently completed the 12th year of a research expedition to map seafloor habitats in the U.S. Caribbean aboard the NOAA Ship Nancy Foster. Researchers mapped nearly 200,000 underwater acres along St. Croix and St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands and completed 35 remotely operated vehicle dives. Key findings include the identification of three seamounts rising 25 […]

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NCCOS Increases the Sonar Survey Accuracy of the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer

To ensure consistency in the quality of scientific echosounder and sonar data being collected by NOAA research ships, NCCOS has partnered with the Office of Exploration and Research to calibrate the scientific echosounder on the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer.  Researchers from NCCOS joined the Okeanos in Puerto Rico to conduct the calibration and train the […]

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Research Cruise Investigates Ocean Acidification Effects on Deep Sea Coral

NCCOS, collaborating with NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, Office of Ocean Exploration Research, and Office of Coast Survey, embarked on the NOAA ship Bell M Shimada on March 13 in the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary (CINMS), conducting ROV surveys to characterize unexplored habitat and assess abundance and condition of deep sea corals in the face of climate […]

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NOAA Partnership Improves Accessibility to NCCOS Echosounder Survey Data

Seafloor maps that include fishery echosounder data from the NCCOS-led coral reef ecosystem characterization surveys of the US Caribbean (2010-2014) are now available to the public through the National Geophysical Data Center Water Column Sonar Viewer.  The original objectives of the echosounder and sonar surveys were to map habitats of the seafloor and distribution of reef […]

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NOAA Partnership Helps Design Coral Reef Water Quality Monitoring Program

In an effort to design a water quality monitoring program for the Southeast Florida Coral Reef Initiative (SEFCRI) region, Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) met with coastal county representatives and scientists from across NOAA: National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NOS), the Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Lab (OAR) and the Habitat Conservation Division (NMFS) at […]

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International Oil Spill Conference Highlights Latest Science since Deepwater Horizon

NCCOS researchers advanced the science of oils and dispersants with several presentations at last month’s 2015 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference in Houston, Texas. The conference provided a venue for scientists to share the latest research findings in oil spill and ecosystem science—with a focus on the five years since the Deepwater […]

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Mesophotic Habitats Are a Refuge for Large, Overfished Species in Southwest Puerto Rico

NCCOS-supported research found that commercially important fish, such as snappers and groupers, off southwest Puerto Rico are more abundant at mesophotic depths (60–80 meters) than shallow depths (30 meters or less). The study, published in the journal Coral Reefs, suggests that mesophotic coral ecosystems serve as a refuge for heavily exploited, shallow-water reef species and […]

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