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First Ever Unified Florida Reef Tract Map Now Available

The Unified Florida Reef Tract Map (v 1.1) provides a much needed, consistent geospatial framework for management, monitoring, and characterization of the Florida reef tract from Martin County through the Florida Keys to the Dry Tortugas. Prior to its completion, only an inconsistent patchwork of smaller map pieces had been available. The Unified Reef Map […]

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NOAA Conducts Field Mission to Assess Contaminants in American Samoa

Researchers from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS), in collaboration with partners from NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program, recently completed a major field effort to quantify pollution in the Faga’alu Bay watershed in American Samoa. Faga’alu Bay has been designated as a U.S. Coral Reef Task Force priority watershed and is a focus […]

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New Ridge-to-Reef Study of St. Croix East End Marine Park Supports Local Watershed Management Actions

National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) researchers and managers from the St. Croix East End Marine Park recently teamed to characterize and assess the status of the park’s marine environment, as well as identify areas where land-based threats–like pollution and runoff–may impact coral reef ecosystems in the park. The results are now available in […]

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Sunscreen Chemical Threatens Coral Reefs

Researchers from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) and their partners have discovered that a sunscreen chemical commonly used in many soaps, cosmetics, and body fragrances is highly toxic to the larvae of the coral Stylophora pistillata. The team’s data show that even very low concentrations of benzophenone-2 (BP-2) can quickly kill juvenile […]

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New Study Shows Elevated Sediment Pollution Levels in Guánica Bay, Puerto Rico

A new study from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) reports recent sediment samples from Guánica Bay, Puerto Rico contained some of the highest concentrations of PCBs, chlordane, chromium, and nickel ever measured in the history of the NCCOS National Status & Trends Program, a nationwide contaminant monitoring program that began in 1986. […]

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NCCOS-sponsored Coral Reef Scientist Honored with New Species Name

In recognition of his contributions to NCCOS coral reef research, University of Puerto Rico scientist Dr. Francisco E. Pagán will have a new species of sediment-dwelling crustacean named in his honor. The new species—the cumacean crustacean Cumella pagani n. sp.—lives on the Caribbean mesophotic coral reefs studied by Dr. Pagán. Cumaceans are small, benthic marine crustaceans, […]

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New Orleans Elementary Students Learn How to Survey Reefs

On Nov. 20, NCCOS marine spatial analyst Laughlin Siceloff visited the fourth grade classroom at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in New Orleans to talk about the work of the NCCOS Biogeography Branch and coral reef habitat conservation. The students had already studied the basics of coral and invasive species, and Siceloff had them conduct a […]

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Connecting Students with NOAA Coral Reef Scientists

Thousands of students recently connected with NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program team members through two interactive webcasts. This NOAA Reef Smart collaboration with JASON Learning linked the science fundamentals kids are learning in school to real-life applications of coral reef science and future careers in science, technology, engineering, and math. The webcasts consisted of video, […]

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