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NOAA Scientists Lead Multiagency Field Mission to Characterize Fish and Benthic Communities across St. Croix, USVI

On May 7-18, scientists from NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science and Southeast Fisheries Science Center led a multiagency field mission to conduct the most comprehensive visual fishery-independent characterization of fish and benthic communities around the island of St. Croix USVI to date. The mission was funded by NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program and […]

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Research Cruise Maps Caribbean Mesophotic Corals

The University of Puerto Rico research cruise, April 25-May 10, sponsored by the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, used high-resolution bathymetric mapping to further detail the distribution of MCEs within the U.S. Caribbean, which will aid in quantifying, understanding and eventually predicting their occurrence. Because MCEs serve as essential habitat and refugia for threatened […]

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NCCOS Scientists Met with U.S. Coral Reef Task Force Stakeholders to Report on that Status of Research in Caribbean

During the week of February 27, National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) researchers met with U.S. Coral Reef Task Force stakeholders to provide the status of NCCOS’ collaborative research efforts in the Caribbean. NCCOS scientists provided attendees a status of ongoing coral research projects in the Caribbean with special attention to the status of […]

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NOAA Scientists Develop First Comprehensive Habitat Maps for National Parks Service’s Buck Island Reef National Monument

Last week, scientists from NCCOS released new habitat maps for Buck Island Reef National Monument (BIRNM) describing the geology and biology of the seafloor from 0 to 1,830 meters (m) in depth. These maps were developed using a combination of manual and computer-based mapping methods, which integrated remotely-sensed images acquired by six different sensors. This effort marks the […]

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NOAA Partnership Research Fills Critical Data Gaps in the US Virgin Islands

To provide new high resolution data for the nearshore waters of St. Thomas, St. John, and St Croix, USVI, NCCOS scientists partnered with NOAA’s Office of Coastal Survey, Fugro LADS Corporation, and the US Virgin Islands Territorial Government. The new data filled what were previously significant data gaps in coastal waters (0-30 m water depth). NOAA’s Office of Coast […]

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Characterizing and Monitoring Coral Reef Ecosystems in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands

Collaborating with local partners, scientists from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science recently completed annual research missions in St. John, USVI, and the La Parguera/Guanica region of southwest Puerto Rico, where they continue to evaluate the health of marine resources, including reef fish, corals and invertebrates. In both locations, dive teams surveyed habitats to […]

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Cost-effective Technique for Mapping Reef Fish Distributions to Support Coral Reef Management

Scientists from NOAA’s National Center for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) have developed a cost-effective modeling technique for mapping the most important coral reefs for keystone fish species in the U.S. Caribbean. The techniques used only two types of existing data: (1) a detailed map of the seafloor bathymetry collected from airborne laser altimetry, also known […]

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Research Mission Investigates Caribbean Mesophotic Coral Reefs; Puerto Rico and USVI

Investigating mesophotic coral ecosystems in the waters surrounding the Caribbean islands of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) is the purpose of a National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science-supported research mission. Mesophotic coral ecosystems – ‘meso’ for middle and ‘photic’ for light – are the deepest of the light-dependent coral reefs and are […]

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