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Lakebed Mapping in Thunder Bay National Marine San...

NCCOS, in close collaboration with sanctuary partners, will map high-priority areas of lakebed within the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Why We Care NCCOS scientists and partners hold a side ...

Land and Sea Characterization of St. Croix East En...

Established in 2003, St. Croix East End Marine Park was the first multi-use marine park in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The park’s ecosystem and the threats to that ecosystem are ...

Lobster Trap Debris in Florida Keys National Marin...

We assessed the abundance and distribution of derelict spiny lobster trap debris in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary using towed-diver surveys. We found that most trap debris aggregates in ...

Mangrove Function as Nursery Habitat for Fish in S...

May 2018 juvenile fish trap deployments in Salt River Bay, St. Croix, USVI. Credit: Matt Kendall, NOAA We studied the use of mangrove habitat by juvenile fish in a marine ...

Mapping and Biological Assessments in Potential Wi...

We are conducting seafloor mapping and biological assessments in a potential site for wind energy development offshore southeast North Carolina. The maps and data will allow the Bureau of Ocean ...

Mapping and Modeling Mid-Atlantic Seabirds to Supp...

Seabirds and other birds that spend time at sea are wide-ranging and highly mobile, and mapping their at-sea distributions presents a significant challenge. We are producing high-resolution, predictive maps of ...

Mapping Fish Habitat to Determine Coral Reef Ecosy...

We are integrating sonar information on fish with seafloor mapping sonars to produce maps of the coral reef and reef fish habitat use in U.S. Caribbean territories. Why We Care ...

Mapping the Long Island Sound Seafloor

Long Island Sound is a region vital to our Nation’s economy, security, culture, and ecology. A new collaborative effort by state, federal and academic partners is helping managers and officials ...

Marine Biogeographic Assessment of the Main Hawaii...

We compiled existing spatial data and created maps of the marine environment, benthic habitats, fishes, sea turtles, marine mammals and seabirds off the Main Hawaiian Islands (MHI). This work supports ...

Marine Biogeographic Assessment of Three National ...

We assessed the distribution and abundance of selected marine species and habitats off the north central California coast on behalf of NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, who used our ...

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Digital Atlas for the Northeast Marine Corridor of...

NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) and Office for Coastal Management (OCM) are pleased to announce two new decision-support products to assist managers in strategic planning for sustainable ...

NCCOS Trains Washington State Scientists in Improv...

NCCOS Biogeography scientist, Will Sautter, at the controls of an acoustic survey lab on the NOAA Ship Bell M. Shimada. Sautter provided demonstrations and technical expertise to Washington State Department ...

Potential Offshore Wind Energy Area in North Carol...

A NOAA diver surveys the fish community of natural hardbottom habitat in a proposed wind energy call area off of Cape Fear. Credit: Emily Pickering. Earlier this month, NCCOS researchers ...

2014 Nancy Foster Mission: How I Spent My Spring B...

Notes from the scientific expedition team aboard the NOAA ShipNancy Foster (March 15 -April 3): How I Spent My Spring Break By Paul Quackenbush, Guest Blogger from Middlebury College Ayy ...

2014 Nancy Foster Mission: The Importance of the R...

Notes from the scientific expedition team aboard the NOAA ShipNancy Foster (March 15 -April 3): The Importance of the Research Vessel By Colin Kliewer, Operations Officer on the NOAA Ship ...

Ocean scientists find how size of Coral Triangle m...

A new study of Asia's Coral Triangle, which contains nearly 30 percent of the world's reefs, shows that when it comes to ensuring a rich and diverse range of species, ...

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Council Monitoring and Assessment Program (CMAP) Compilation of Existing Habitat and Water Quality Monitoring, and Mapping Assessments for the Gulf of Mexico Region

The Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast States Act (RESTORE Act) was signed into law on July 6, 2012. The RESTORE Act calls for a regional approach to restoring the long-term health of ...

Council Monitoring and Assessment Program (CMAP): Inventory of Existing Habitat and Water Quality Monitoring, and Mapping Metadata for the Gulf of Mexico Programs

Under the Resources and Ecosystem Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast States Act of 2012 (RESTORE Act), the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council (RESTORE Council or Council ) is required to report on the progress of ...

Deep Coral and Associated Species Taxonomy and Ecology (DeepCAST) II Expedition report

The Deep Coral & Associated Species Taxonomy & Ecology (DeepCAST) II Expedition explored depths below the Meso-American Reef in Roatán, Honduras from 21- 28 May 2011. The team made six submersible dives between 1200 and 2200 feet deep (365 and ...

Depth specialization in mesophotic corals (Leptoseris spp.) and associated algal symbionts in Hawaii

Corals at the lower limits of mesophotic habitats are likely to have unique photosynthetic adaptations that allow them to persist and dominate in these extreme low light ecosystems. We examined the host–symbiont relationships from the dominant coral genus Leptoseris in ...

Development of Benthic and Fish Monitoring Protocols for the Atlantic/Caribbean Biological Team: National Coral Reef Monitoring Program

NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program is developing a national monitoring plan for all coral reefs under the US jurisdiction – including Pacific, Atlantic, Gulf and Caribbean. This National Coral Reef Monitoring Plan (NCRMP) builds upon a decade of work supported ...

Distribution of deep-water corals, sponges, and demersal fisheries landings in Southern California, USA: implications for conservation priorities

Deep-sea corals in Southern California are diverse and abundant but subject to multiple stressors, including bottom-contact fisheries using mobile and fixed gear. There is a need for more information on the distribution of these taxa in relation to the distribution ...

EcoGIS - GIS Tools for Ecosystem Approaches to Fisheries Management

The EcoGIS project was launched in September 2004 to investigate how Geographic Information Systems (GIS), marine data, and custom analysis tools can better enable fisheries scientists and managers to adopt Ecosystem Approaches to Fisheries Management (EAFM). EcoGIS is a collaborative ...

Ecological Assessment of Wisconsin - Lake Michigan

This report is an assessment of key physical, chemical, and biological attributes that influence the natural and cultural resources of western mid-lake Lake Michigan. It is a synthesis of existing scientific literature and a collection of new ecological data that ...

Ecological Condition of Coastal Ocean Waters along the U.S. Western Continental Shelf: 2003

This document provides an assessment of the status of ecological condition in coastal-ocean waters along the U.S. continental shelf, from the Strait of Juan de Fuca, WA to the Mexican border, based on sampling conducted in June 2003. The project ...

Economic Valuation of Shoreline Protection within the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve

This study focuses on the ecosystem of coastal habitats (e.g., seagrass beds, marshes, and coastal forests), which operate as natural infrastructure, and can benefit coastal communities, other types of human development, and economic activity by reducing the impacts of coastal ...

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