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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 ...
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Mapping Coastal Elevations and Water Depths Using ...

Many organizations need imagery, and elevation and depth data to effectively manage our nation’s coastlines. However, coastal areas are expensive and challenging to map using conventional technologies. Here, we are ...
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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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Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems of American Samoa

We are investigating American Samoa’s mesophotic coral ecosystems (40–100 meters or ~130–330 feet deep) to better understand them and their relationship to shallower reefs. Nearly 80 percent of coral reef ...
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Predicting and Characterizing Deep-Sea Coral Habit...

We will develop predictive spatial models for deep-sea coral habitat within the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument (PMNM). PMNM’s boundaries were expanded in 2016, and this expansion is being reviewed under ...
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Prioritizing Areas for Future Seafloor Mapping, Re...

NCCOS developed a spatial framework to identify common research priorities across partner organizations which has been successfully implemented on the US West Coast, Florida, and Lake Michigan.  NCCOS applied this ...
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Prioritizing Areas for Future Seafloor Mapping, Re...

We developed a spatial framework and online application to identify priorities for seafloor mapping and visual surveys along the U.S. west CONUS coast (WCC), off California, Oregon and Washington. This ...
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Setting Shared Goals for South Florida’s Marine an...

We facilitated a process to identify the characteristics and key regulating processes of a sustainable South Florida coastal marine ecosystem. Using the best available science from academia, agencies, and non-governmental ...
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Southeast Bering Sea Carrying Capacity Regional Ec...

Approximately forty percent of total U.S. commercial fishery landings by weight come from the Bering Sea. In response to declining Walleye pollock abundance in the southeast Bering Sea, NCCOS supported ...
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NOAA Completes Successful Coral Reef Monitoring Se...

NOAA completed two sampling missions in the U. S. Virgin Islands (USVI) this summer. The first mission was conducted in St. Croix from June 12-June 23, and the second in ...
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Research Links Land Use, Shoreline Hardening, and ...

Recent NCCOS research provides solid evidence that reduced aquatic species abundance in the Northeast is linked with increased agricultural land use and hardened shorelines. Results from the study are published ...
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Socioeconomic Infographics for CNMI and USVI Coral...

In support of the National Coral Reef Monitoring Plan (NCRMP), NOAA social scientists and their partners collect a variety of socioeconomic data in seven U.S. coral jurisdictions to track information ...
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Integrating Processes Controlling the South Florid...

NCCOS is developing a workable, ecosystem-based management approach to address the complex and inter-linked marine-estuarine-terrestrial environment in south Florida. Building on traditional Integrated Conceptual Ecosystem Models, the NCCOS-sponsored research project ...
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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 ...
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Cruise report for deepwater sediment sampling: Cruise M/V IRISH : Leg 1, 29 May to 10 June 2014, to assess potential benthic impacts from the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) Oil Spill

To meet the objectives of the Deep Benthic Work Plan Addendum, a cruise was conducted to assess potential effects of the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) oil spill on deep-sea (>200 m) sediments and resident benthic fauna. Leg 1 of the cruise ...
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Cyclonic activity in the eastern Gulf of Mexico: characterization from along-track altimetry and in situ drifter trajectories

The shedding sequence of the Loop Current (LC) inside the Gulf of Mexico (GoM) is strongly influenced by cyclonic frontal eddies around its edge. Along-track altimetry data, analyzed based on a wavelet decomposition to provide estimates of individual cyclones’ diameter, ...
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Demographic and reproductive plasticity across depth distribution of a coral reef fish

As humans expand into natural environments, populations of wild organisms may become relegated to marginal habitats at the boundaries of their distributions. In the ocean, mesophotic coral ecosystems (30–150 m) at the depth limit of photosynthetic reefs are hypothesized to act ...
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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 ...
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Diadromous fish stocks of America's southeastern Atlantic coast

Given the dire state of many diadromous stocks and their potential as important agents in marine ecosystems, consideration should be given to the different roles stocks play and their relative importance within marine systems. In this report, diadromous stocks of ...
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Ecophysiology of mesophotic reef-building corals in Hawai'i is influenced by symbiont-host associations, photoacclimatization, trophic plasticity, and adaptation

Mesophotic reef corals remain largely unexplored in terms of the genetic adaptations and physiological mechanisms to acquire, allocate, and use energy for survival and reproduction. In the Hawaiian Archipelago, the Leptoseris species complex form the most spatially extensive mesophotic coral ...
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Encounter with mesoscale eddies enhances survival to settlement in larval coral reef fishes

Oceanographic features, such as eddies and fronts, enhance and concentrate productivity, generating high-quality patches that dispersive marine larvae may encounter in the plankton. Although broad-scale movement of larvae associated with these features can be captured in biophysical models, direct evidence ...
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Establishing National Ocean Service Priorities for Estuarine, Coastal, and Ocean Modeling: Capabilities, Gaps, and Preliminary Prioritization Factors

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and National Ocean Service (NOS) Strategic Plans present a vision for protecting, restoring, and managing our nation's aquatic resources through proactive ecosystem approaches to management. These approaches require integrated, multidisciplinary models and coordination ...
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Estuarine Living Marine Resources: Gulf of Mexico regional distribution and abundance (NCEI Accession 0163993)

This is the original (1992) Gulf of Mexico regional component of NOAA's Estuarine Living Marine Resources (ELMR) Project, a national database of ecologically and economically important fishes and invertebrates in the Nation's estuaries. The distribution and relative abundance are depicted ...
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