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Assessing Futiga Dump Site Impacts on Fagatele Bay...

We will determine the potential impacts of the Futiga dump site and landfill on the coral reef ecosystem resources of the Fagatele Bay unit of the National Marine Sanctuary of ...

Assessing Land Based Sources of Pollution in Tinia...

Coral reefs are diverse, productive, and economically valuable ecosystem, but are threatened by a variety of stressors in including land based sources of pollution, such as nutrients, pesticide, heavy metals ...

Assessing Ocean Acidification as a Driver for Enha...

Ocean acidification, resulting from changes in atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations, will impact how a variety of chemicals, including metals, behave in the environment. This could lead to increased uptake of ...

Baseline Assessment of Contaminants and Ecological...

We studied the water contaminant levels in the bay and the coral reef ecosystems just outside to develop a baseline environmental assessment of water quality and living marine resources of ...

Baseline Assessment of Guanica Bay, Puerto Rico in...

We completed a baseline assessment of the environmental conditions in Guanica Bay, Puerto Rico, to help coastal managers identify the most appropriate restoration projects, and their effectiveness, in support of ...

Baseline Environmental Assessment off St. John, U....

Watershed restoration projects are being conducted on St. John, USVI, to improve the health of coral reef ecosystems, create jobs, improve island infrastructure, and obtain a better understanding of the ...

Contaminants in Marine Resources of Vieques

Land based sources of pollution have the potential to negatively impact a variety of coastal resources, including fisheries stocks. This study is investigating the public perception that pollution is negatively ...

Land Based Sources of Pollution in Faga’alu Bay, T...

Land based sources of pollution (LBSP) have the potential to adversely impact coral reef ecosystem, either by directly affecting coral health and reproduction, or by altering the surrounding ecosystem in ...

Nutrient Dynamics and Changes to Benthic Communiti...

Eutrophication is the over-abundance of nutrients in a body of water that results in harmful algal blooms, fish kills, and in some cases ecosystem collapse. In coral reef ecosystems, excess ...

Nutrient Stress and Source Identification in the C...

Observed blooms of algae including caulerpa and valonia in the coral reef ecosystems of Ofu and Olosega are of concern to coastal managers. It has been hypothesized that excess nutrients ...

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Water Quality Monitoring Supports Coral Restoratio...

Nearshore waters of Culebra, Puerto Rico. Credit: D. Whitall, NCCOS. Last month, NCCOS scientists and partners began a program to monitor land-based sources of pollution that threaten coral ecosystems around ...

Owner of Puerto Rico Superfund Site Agrees to Cont...

Guánica Bay, Puerto Rico. Credit: U.S. EPA. This spring, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reached an agreement with Guanica-Caribe Land Development Corporation to remove contaminated soil from the Ochoa ...

Study Finds Pollution Low in American Samoa’s Faga...

American Samoa’s coral reefs are some of the most pristine reefs in the United States. They host more than a thousand species of marine life, including some of the oldest ...

NCCOS Contaminant Data Supports Listing of New EPA...

Puerto Rico’s Guánica Bay. Credit: US EPA Based on environmental contamination originally reported by NCCOS scientists, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed adding a site in Guánica, Puerto Rico, ...

NOAA Scientists Update South East Florida Coral Re...

On September 2nd, 2020, NOAA shared an overview of findings from a joint NOAA/Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) water quality assessment of the south Florida Reef Tract with the ...

Scientists Assess Water Quality of Southeast Flori...

Aerial photo of plume at Boca Raton Inlet. Credit: Florida Department of Environmental Protection. NOAA and partners have published a report that describes water quality along the southeast Florida Reef ...

Drone Mapping Team Receives Inaugural NCCOS Innova...

Tim Battista and Bryan Costa received the first NCCOS Innovation Incentive Award for their work using airborne drones to map shallow-water habitats. Mapping shallow, near-shore areas for NCCOS's resource management ...

Study Examines Relationship Between Air and Water ...

Long-term atmospheric deposition and surface water quality nutrient monitoring locations summarized at a HUC-8 level. Depicted are watersheds with: no long-term monitoring sites (grey); only water quality (light blue); only ...

Investigating Tissue Contaminant Levels in Shellfi...

New research from NOAAfoundtissue concentrations of toxic contaminants in queen conch (Strombus gigas), including metals, energeticcompounds (associated with munitions), and the pesticide DDTfrom Vieques, Puerto Rico. The measured contaminant levels ...

Assessing Contamination in Faga'alu Bay, American ...

NCCOS, in collaboration with NOAA Coral Program partners, released a report assessingthe pollution in Faga'alu Bay, American Samoa (a US Coral Reef Task Force priority watershed). Faga'alu is a focus ...

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A Baseline Chemical Contaminants Assessment of Sediment from the Nu’uuli Pala Lagoon, American Samoa

Thirteen marine sediment samples were collected as part of an effort to characterize and assess chemical contamination in the Nu’uuli Pala Lagoon on the island of Tutuila, American Samoa. Overall, concentrations of organic contaminants in sediment from the Nu’uuli Pala ...

An assessment of chemical contaminants in the marine sediments of southwest Puerto Rico

This report is the first product from a collaborative effort to implement an 'ecosystem approach' to assess coral reef health. Through the concurrent development and analysis of data on chemical contaminants, reef biogeography, coral pathogens, biomarkers and land use, cause ...

Assessment of Hydrocarbon Carryover Potential for Six Field Cleaning Protocols

Sample collection in the field faces many challenges including, but not limited to, the equipment and materials that can be brought safely into the field. Field teams will often reuse sample collection gear by cleaning it between sampling sites to ...

Baseline assessment of Faga'alu Watershed: a ridge to reef assessment in support of sediment reduction activities and future evaluation of their success

The primary purpose of this document is to provide local and federal partners with baseline information and survey methods to allow for continued monitoring efforts to evaluate the effectiveness of management actions taken at the Samoa Maritime quarry in Faga'alu, ...

Characterizing Jobos Bay, Puerto Rico: A watershed modeling analysis and monitoring plan

Progress report on partnership between USDA and NOAA's National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS), Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment (CCMA) established by the Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP) in the Jobos Bay watershed. Discusses sediment and pollutant predictions ...

Chemical contaminants in corals (Pocillopora damicornis) in Tinian, CNMI

This document presents environmental data collected in August 2013 consisting of coral tissue (Pocillopora damicornis) contaminants and surface water nutrients offshore from Tinian in the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). The study area is in and around the Tinian ...

Contaminants in Marine Resources of Vieques, Puerto Rico

Pollution in the marine environment has the potential to negatively impact ecosystem health, including adverse effects on fisheries species. This can occur through direct impacts, food web effects and habitat degradation. Vieques is an island municipality of the Commonwealth of ...

Excess Nutrients in Vatia Bay, American Samoa: Spatiotemporal Variability, Source Identification and Impact on Coral Reef Ecosystems

Water quality problems, including sedimentation and over enrichment of nutrients, have the potential to adversely impact coral reef ecosystems. Phosphorus and reactive nitrogen can enter the environment from chemical fertilizers (residential, commercial and agricultural uses), industrial sources, animal waste, and ...

Historical Nitrogen and Phosphorus Loadings to the Northern Gulf of Mexico

The purpose of this analysis is to examine the historical fluxes of N and P to the northern Gulf of Mexico and discuss the implications that this may have for primary productivity, hypoxia and management strategies ...

Measurement of Turbidity, Suspended Sediments and Nutrients in Three Rivers that Drain to the Achang Preserve from the Manell Watershed, Guam

The goal of this project, funded by NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program and requested by local partners, was to monitor water quality in three rivers that drain to the Achang Reef Flat Marine Preserve at the southern tip of Guam, ...

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