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NCCOS-funded Research Cruise Investigates Coral and Fish Connectivity in the Gulf of Mexico

On August 13, 2013, NCCOS and partners will set off on a two-week research expedition off the coast of southwest Florida to investigate the role of mesophotic (mid-depth) coral ecosystems of Pulley Ridge in replenishing key fish and other coral ecosystem species found in Florida Keys and Dry Tortugas reefs. This 5-year study, led by University of […]

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NCCOS and Partners Conduct Field Efforts to Assist in Reef Habitat Classification in Puerto Rico

Scientists from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, with support from the Coral Reef Conservation Program, traveled to the island of Culebra, Puerto Rico in July to team up with the Department of Natural and Environmental Resources (PRDNER) to collect ground-truthing data to enhance seafloor habitat maps. They documented over 400 different reefs and […]

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July Field Mission in St. Thomas USVI Marine Reserve

On July 20-25, scientists from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) will conduct a follow-up field mission to the St. Thomas East End Reserves (STEER). The work is part of a project requested by local resource managers to develop an integrated ecosystem assessment for the STEER.  Results from contaminants assessment to be published […]

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NCCOS Staff Member Advises Fishery Management Council on Coral Conservation Issues

On May 7-8, 2013, NCCOS participated in meetings with the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s Coral Advisory Panel in Charleston, SC.  Discussions and recommendations were made to the Council on a proposal to list up to 82 reef-building coral species under the Endangered Species Act; coral nursery restoration work; and review of an amendment to […]

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NCCOS Study Finds Sharks and Top Predators Depend on Benthic Algae in Healthy Coral Reefs

In a newly published study, NCCOS researcher link sharks and other top predators with primary producers (benthic algae) in pristine, healthy coral reef ecosystems.  “We used chemical signatures of carbon and nitrogen found in the tissues of the algae, invertebrates, fish, and sharks from the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument (PMNM) to trace the extent benthic algae influences […]

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NCCOS Assists in Developing New Sampling Protocols for NCRMP Research in St. Thomas and St. John

New assessment techniques developed, in part, by NCCOS will be used by the National Coral Reef Monitoring Program’s research in St. Thomas and St. John, USVI. The new techniques will be used to collect data on seafloor habitat types in the region,  and stony coral populations and condition. NCCOS scientists met with other scientists from […]

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Palauan Researcher Receives Prestigious 2013 Pew Fellowship

The Pew Charitable Trusts organization recently awarded Yimnang Golbuu, CEO and Chief Researcher of the Palau International Coral Reef Center a 2013 Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation to assess the connectivity of marine protected areas in Palau.  PICRC researchers and colleagues developed a hydrodynamic model to track coral and fish larvae as they move through […]

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New Interactive Map Highlights America’s Coral Reefs

A new interactive map, “Mapping America’s Coral Reefs,” gives casual observers an engaging overview of  the nearly 3 million acres of sea floor habitat mapping data produced by the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science and its partners. This “story” map complements a recent report summarizing NOAA shallow-water coral reef mapping outcomes and results, which […]

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