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Guam Students Learn About Coastal Resilience and Conservation

Over a decade ago, fishermen in the village of Umatac (Humåtak) off the southwest coast of Guam found they were not catching the same size and quality of fish. Researchers identified one of the primary reasons to be an accelerated rate of erosion caused by the introduction of feral ungulates (pigs, goats, and deer) and […]

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2014 Nancy Foster Mission: Gliding Through Coral Reefs

Notes from the scientific expedition team currently aboard the NOAA Ship Nancy Foster (March 15–April 3): Spawning aggregations of reef fish in the Caribbean could be considered some of the best studied aggregations in U.S. territorial waters. But what we know about spawning aggregations is largely concentrated around a few locations in the Caribbean, particularly Grammanik […]

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Scientists Look at 10 Years of Data to Characterize St. John’s Coral Reefs and Fish Populations

Scientists from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science recently integrated 10 years of baseline monitoring data (2001–2009) to characterize the spatial and temporal patterns in coral reefs and seafloor communities within and around the Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument and Virgin Islands National Park. The new report also documents how these marine resources […]

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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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NCCOS Story Maps Garner the Attention of Esri Leadership

Two story maps produced by the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science highlighting how NCCOS science connects oceans, coasts, and people were featured in a recent blog post by Esri chief scientist Dawn Wright. Esri is an international supplier of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). In her blog, “An Ocean of Story Maps,” Wright points to […]

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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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