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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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Pulley Ridge Corals Show Potential Signs of Recovery After 10-Year Decline

An NCCOS-funded study has produced a detailed characterization of the deep (60–80 meters), mesophotic reefs and fish populations of Pulley Ridge, located off the southwest coast of Florida. While the study shows a decade-long decrease in coral cover at Pulley Ridge, when compared with data collected by the U.S. Geological Survey in 2003, the findings […]

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Coral Reef Resilience and Research Consistency Addressed at Recent Workshop

NCCOS scientists shared knowledge gained from coral reef research and conservation efforts in the U.S. Virgin Islands with researchers at a workshop in Hawaii with the aim of improving the quality and consistency of coral reef research worldwide. The workshop’s goals included bringing together reef researchers and managers who are facing new challenges due to […]

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Innovative Management Approach Guides Marine Spatial Planning

NCCOS has developed an innovative decision support process, the Biogeographic Assessment Framework (BAF), for comprehensive and efficient management of coastal and marine environments around the world.  Two decades of close collaborations with scientists and marine resource managers have resulted in a tool that integrates multiple types of information, such as resource use and ecosystem characterization […]

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NCCOS Sets Context for the Second International Mesophotic Coral Ecosystem Workshop

Mesophotic coral reefs found at depths of 30-150 meters may not be as well understood as their shallower counterparts, but NCCOS is working hard to change that. Much progress has been made over the last six years, and that progress was the focus of the Second International Workshop on Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems, held at the Interuniversity […]

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