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2014 Nancy Foster Mission: Filling Data Gaps

Notes from the scientific expedition team currently aboard the NOAA Ship Nancy Foster (March 15–April 3): The United States Virgin Islands are home to a historic and extensive fishery, but overfishing throughout the 1970s and early 1980s has depleted numerous stocks of once abundant fish—most notably, the Nassau Grouper (Epinephelus straitus). Nassau Grouper form large spawning […]

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Ocean Discoveries: 2014 Nancy Foster Sea Floor Mapping Mission Overview

A team of scientists from NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) and partner organizations has set sail for a three-week (March 15–April 3) expedition aboard the NOAA Ship Nancy Foster to map and study the sea floor and fish distributions off the northeast and southern coasts of  St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. These high-priority areas were […]

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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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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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NCCOS, UNC, and Partners Investigate Areas for Wind Energy Development Offshore North Carolina

The first of three research missions to map the seafloor of a potential site for offshore wind development near Wilmington, N.C. was completed by researchers from NCCOS, in partnership with the University of North Carolina, NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey and funded by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and NOAA using the NOAA […]

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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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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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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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