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Identifying Potential Effects of Land-based Pollution on Corals in St. Croix East End Marine Park

NCCOS has released a new study—“Land-Sea Characterization of the St. Croix East End Marine Park”—that highlights the potential influence of land-based pollution on nearshore coral reef ecosystems and documents the diversity, condition, and composition of biological communities within the park. The findings support local management priority setting for conservation of coral reef ecosystems by identifying and […]

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International MMA Managers Rely on NCCOS Study to Protect Coral Reefs in the Samoan Archipelago

NCCOS’s Biogeographic Assessment of the Samoan Archipelago served as the basis of some workshop activities at the “Two Samoas Reef Resilience Workshop for Marine Managed Area Practitioners” held recently in Pago Pago, American Samoa. Representatives from the Samoan and American Samoan governments, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National […]

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NCCOS Products Inform Routing Alternatives for Undersea Energy Cable in Hawaii

A renewable energy transmission company is using NCCOS products to help assess routing alternatives for a proposed undersea energy transmission cable into Maalaea Bay, Maui. The requested products predict the distribution of light-dependent “mesophotic” corals that live off the coast of Maui and could potentially be threatened by an undersea energy transmission cable system. The […]

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NCCOS Expertise Used to Help “Bring Shipwrecks to Life” for Future Citizen Scientists

On August 13–14, SCUBA divers, historians, and scientists gathered at the North Carolina Aquarium in Pine Knoll Shores, NC to learn how to identify fish, algae, and invertebrates common to the coastal waters of the South Atlantic states. The workshop was part of NOAA’s “Bringing Shipwrecks to Life” program, which is designed to connect local […]

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NCCOS Scientists Assess Pollution Impacts on Corals in Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands

From August 25 to August 31, NCCOS scientists will conduct field work offshore of Tinian, an island in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), a U.S. territory. This research will assess the extent and magnitude of pollution stressors and their effects on coral reefs. Working in collaboration with the CNMI Division of Environmental […]

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NOAA Highlights NCCOS and Other Coral Reef Success Stories in Hawaii

On August 27, NOAA and partners including the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources co-hosted “NOAA Reef Smart: Partnering to Improve Hawaii’s Coral Reefs” in Honolulu. Nearly two dozen lawmakers, including U.S. Congressional representatives, members of the state legislature, and the Office of the Governor, were expected to attend. The event highlighted recent success […]

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ESRI Awards NCCOS Researcher with Special Achievement Award for GIS Technology Innovation

The National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) were honored this year with the Special Achievement in GIS award at the 2013 Esri International User Conference in San Diego. This award acknowledges vision, leadership, hard work and innovative use of Esri’s geographic information system technology. The application, using the ArcGIS Flex API, is a browser-based mapping tool displaying […]

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NCCOS, Southeast Fisheries Science Center, Coral Reef Conservation Program and Others Assess Effectiveness of Management at Several Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico Sites

On July 8-19, scientists from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science and the Southeast Fisheries Science Center joined researchers from the National Park Service, the University of the Virgin Islands, the University of Miami, and the Nature Conservancy to conduct the first National Coral Reef Monitoring Plan biological surveys of fish and sea floor […]

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