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Mesophotic Habitats Are a Refuge for Large, Overfished Species in Southwest Puerto Rico

NCCOS-supported research found that commercially important fish, such as snappers and groupers, off southwest Puerto Rico are more abundant at mesophotic depths (60–80 meters) than shallow depths (30 meters or less). The study, published in the journal Coral Reefs, suggests that mesophotic coral ecosystems serve as a refuge for heavily exploited, shallow-water reef species and […]

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Coral Reef Resilience and Research Consistency Addressed at Recent Workshop

NCCOS scientists shared knowledge gained from coral reef research and conservation efforts in the U.S. Virgin Islands with researchers at a workshop in Hawaii with the aim of improving the quality and consistency of coral reef research worldwide. The workshop’s goals included bringing together reef researchers and managers who are facing new challenges due to […]

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Innovative Management Approach Guides Marine Spatial Planning

NCCOS has developed an innovative decision support process, the Biogeographic Assessment Framework (BAF), for comprehensive and efficient management of coastal and marine environments around the world.  Two decades of close collaborations with scientists and marine resource managers have resulted in a tool that integrates multiple types of information, such as resource use and ecosystem characterization […]

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‘Coral Ecosystem Connectivity 2014′ Expedition Discovers New Coral Area in Gulf of Mexico

NOAA-sponsored scientists discovered a new coral area off the southwest coast of Florida near Pulley Ridge. The area is extensive and has the densest cover of plate corals (Agaricia spp.) known in the Gulf of Mexico. This is the most coral seen in the Pulley Ridge area since 2009. Scientists made the discovery in August […]

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NCCOS, Partners Explore Deep Ocean in Proposed Expansion Areas of West Coast Marine Sanctuaries

NCCOS scientists and their partners recently explored deep-water reaches in the proposed expansion areas of the Cordell Bank and the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuaries to establish a baseline understanding of new habitats and species that may soon come under sanctuary jurisdiction. Using a video camera on a remotely operated vehicle (ROV), the […]

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Scientists, Partners and the Public Prioritize Marine Resources of Washington’s Olympic Coast

In preparation for future management and research investments, scientists from NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science and the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries are collecting information from regional stakeholders and members of the public regarding Washington’s Olympic Coast.  Objectives are to assess the social value of coastal and marine resources, and to determine regional […]

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MARES Project Furthers Ecosystem Based Management of South Florida Regions

The Marine and Estuarine Goal Setting for South Florida (MARES) Project, sponsored by NCCOS, increases awareness of and appreciation for the value of coastal marine ecosystems and their impacts upon human society. Over 50 MARES researchers (both natural and social scientists), managers, and stakeholders collaborated to understand and document cause and effect relationships along with the societal benefits […]

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Study Describes Social-ecological System of La Parguera, Puerto Rico

A new study describes the social-ecological system of La Parguera, Puerto Rico, and identifies the different pressures that have changed this system over the last 40 years. According to the report, multiple pressures have changed this ecosystem, including: sedimentation, nutrient enrichment, elevated seawater temperatures, and overfishing. La Parguera is a small fishing village on the […]

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