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New Book Highlights NCCOS Work Aiding USVI Marine Park Management

NCCOS research was recently featured in a new book, Ocean Solutions, Earth Solutions, published by Environmental Systems Research Incorporated (ESRI). The NCCOS chapter, “Linking Landscape Condition Impacts to Coral Reef Ecosystem Composition for the East End of Saint Croix,” highlights the effects of terrestrial impacts to near-shore marine environments. The research specifically addresses land-based sources of […]

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Coral Reef Monitoring Continues Field Season in the U.S. Virgin Islands

NCCOS scientists, along with other federal and local partners, are diving on reefs surrounding St. Thomas and St. John from July 13-23, collecting data as part of the NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program’s National Coral Reef Monitoring Program (NCRMP). Earlier this summer, the team conducted similar dives off St. Croix. NCRMP provides a broader geographic context to supplement studies of […]

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International Resource Management Conference Features NCCOS Social Science

The International Symposium for Society and Natural Resources held June 13-18, 2015 in Charleston, SC, featured several NCCOS social science research efforts ranging from socioeconomic monitoring in the US coral reef jurisdictions to social values mapping in the National Estuarine Research Reserves and National Marine Sanctuaries. Eight NCCOS scientists attended the conference, along with other […]

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Blue Ribbon Panel Reviews Potential for Net-pen Aquaculture in the Great Lakes

Organized by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, a Blue Ribbon Panel of scientists from state, federal, and academia met last week to assess environmental concerns with development of a net-pen aquaculture industry in the Great Lakes.  Comprising over 20% of the world’s surface freshwater, the Great Lakes is an immense resource; however, decades of […]

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NCCOS Trains Washington State Scientists in Improved Seafloor Mapping Methods

Scientists within NCCOS’ Biogeography Branch develop extensive seafloor maps and depict benthic habitats that better inform policy makers and resource management decisions. But NCCOS also aims to provide guidance for coastal states in conducting their own mapping, data collection and analysis in the future. Increasing state and federal scientific collaboration also supports regional marine spatial […]

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Science Informs Vote to Protect Mid-Atlantic Deep-Sea Corals

On June 10, NCCOS’s cross-NOAA partnerships and investment in carrying out spatial analyses of deep-sea coral ecosystems informed a near-unanimous vote by the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC) to protect more than 38,000 square miles of seafloor, stretching from New York to Virginia, from bottom fishing activities. NCCOS played a lead role producing statistical models […]

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NOAA “Science to Management” Project Trains Stakeholders in Coral Reef Forensics

NCCOS supported researchers led a May 2015 training event wherein local community members learned to use coral reef “forensics” on reef plants and animals. This activity identified and provided early warning of coral reef stress, death and decay causes. The event, hosted by the citizen conservation group Maui Nui Marine Resource Council on the Hawaiian […]

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NOAA, partners predict an average ‘dead zone’ for Gulf of Mexico

Outlook incorporates multiple hypoxia models for first time Scientists are expecting that this year’s Gulf of Mexico hypoxic zone, also called the “dead zone,” will be approximately 5,483 square miles or about the size of Connecticut–the same as it has averaged over the last several years. The dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico affects […]

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