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An Ecological Characterization of the Marine Resou...

We studied the coastal waters of Vieques, Puerto Rico, looking at fish and bottom-dwelling animals, contaminants in sediments and corals, and nutrient levels in surface waters. We also mapped the ...
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An Economic Analysis of Shipping Costs Related to ...

Through an analysis of shipping costs, we provided scientific guidance to the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary (CINMS) and other agencies, regarding the economic effects of potential management measures that ...
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Assessing Social Values Relative to Offshore Wind ...

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s (BOEM’s) Office of Renewable Energy Programs oversees development of offshore renewable energy projects on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). BOEM identified wind energy areas ...
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Assessing the Social and Cultural Importance of Su...

We are developing and validating a survey to measure the social and cultural importance of subsistence salmon harvest and use in Alaska. In the event of an oil spill or ...
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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 ...
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Characterizing and Mapping Essential Fish Habitats...

The purpose of this project was to collect, integrate and map available information on the features of essential fish habitats in protected and non-protected marine areas around the islands of ...
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Characterizing Recreational Shore-based Fishers an...

The objective of our survey on St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands was to test an approach for collecting shore-based recreational fishing data, such as who fishes from shore, for how ...
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Coral Reef Ecosystem Studies: Integrating Science ...

In response to the continued decline of coral reef ecosystem health, we developed a research program to define and understand the causes and effects of reef degradation and provided managers ...
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Ecosystem Based Management: An Analysis of Nationa...

Ecosystem based management (EBM) is a holistic, adaptive approach to developing policies that ensure ecosystem sustainability, food and water security, and improve human health outcomes for future generations. Informed by ...
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Land Use and Ecosystem Health: Decision-making Too...

We are studying how land-use decisions affect the health of an area’s ecosystem. We are building models that show the consequences of land-use choices on the Chesapeake Bay health and ...
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NOAA Releases Infographic to Communicate Socioecon...

Caption: Screen grab of infographic for South Florida Trends, 2014-2019. Credit NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program. Click here to view the full infographic. The Socioeconomic Component of the National Coral ...
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StoryMap Highlights Boat Visitations at Gray’s Ree...

Fishing for red snapper at GRNMS. Credit NOAA ONMS. Information on the number and types of visitors to Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary is needed to inform management decisions. A ...
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U.S. Socio-economic Effects of Harmful Algal Bloom...

NCCOS Competitive Research Program (CRP) and the U.S. National Office for Harmful Algal Blooms at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) released proceedings from a 2020 workshop on the socio-economic ...
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NOAA Publishes Results from Second Coral Reef Soci...

Figure 1. Map of South Florida in relation to total coral cover. Survey results are representative of the following 5 counties: Martin, Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade, and Monroe. Since 2014, ...
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Podcast Explores Economics of Natural vs Armored S...

Some oceanfront landowners in Neskowin, Oregon, have chosen to use rock revetments, or rip-rap, to protect their properties from erosion. Their decision has implications for property values, public access, and ...
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Visitation Patterns Measured at Gray’s Reef Nation...

NCCOS scientists completed the first stage of a collaborative and multidisciplinary study of visitor use patterns at Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary. Understanding visitation at this marine protected area will ...
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Scientists, Managers Identify Mapping Priorities f...

A sanctuary archaeologist explores the wreck of the wooden steam barge Shamrock, lost in Thunder Bay in 1905. Credit: Jennifer Idol. NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) and ...
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Smaller, More User-friendly Sensor Developed to De...

NCCOS-supported scientists and engineers have developed a smaller and more user-friendly low cost sensor that fishermen can use to detect and track the onset of low oxygen events off the ...
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Expansion of Pulley Ridge Protected Area Expected ...

NCCOS-supported scientists evaluated potential economic impacts to the fisheries sector from expansion of the Pulley Ridge Habitat Area of Particular Concern (HAPC), located roughly 150 miles off Florida's southwest coast, ...
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NCCOS and GCOOS Soliciting Proposals for Assessing...

The National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) and the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System Regional Association (GCOOS-RA) are pleased to announce a funding opportunity for projects assessing ...
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2000 years of sustainable use of watersheds and coral reefs in Pacific Islands: A review for Palau

In Palau and everywhere in the world, coastal coral reefs are threatened by sedimentation resulting from land clearing in the watersheds. Palau's largest island of Babeldaob is particularly susceptible to significant erosion due to its steep topography, high rainfall, and ...
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An Economic Analysis of Shipping Costs Related to Potential Measures to Manage the Co-Occurrence of Maritime Vessel Traffic and Whales in the Channel Islands Region

This report provides findings from an analysis and evaluation of the economic effects of potential measures to manage the co-occurrence of shipping traffic and whales in the Channel Islands region off the coast of California. These potential management measures are ...
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Characterizing participation in non-commercial fishing and other shore-based recreational activities on St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands

Non-commercial fishing, which includes recreational and subsistence fishing activity, is part of the culture and heritage of the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI). Residents of USVI fish for enjoyment, to gather food, to bond with others, as well as for gifting ...
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Coastal ecosystem assessment of Chesapeake Bay watersheds: A story of three rivers, the Corsica, Magothy, and Rhode

This assessment explored linkages between land use and aquatic ecosystem health. Three watersheds (Corsica, Magothy, and Rhode rivers) with variable dominant land-use patterns (agriculture, suburban/residential, and mixed-use, respectively) were examined. The health of each habitat was assessed using a suite ...
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Developing Social and Economic Indicators for Monitoring the U.S. Coral Reef Jurisdictions: Report from a Scientific Workshop to Support the National Coral Reef Monitoring Program, Hollings Marine Laboratory June 13-15, 2012

To support the development of indicators, methods and measures for the National Coral Reef Monitoring Plan, the NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program sponsored a workshop for scientists to review the socioeconomic plan, validate and refine the indicators and develop secondary ...
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Ecosystem Services Valuation of the Central Georgia Coast, including Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve and Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary

This report details the results of a survey effort conducted by the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science in coastal Georgia which included the Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve and the Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary. The survey instrument ...
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Estuarine Use Assessment: Trial Project in Casco Bay, Maine

This report summarizes a project carried out in 2003 that attempted to quantify the desired human uses of a specific estuary in Maine and to determine current measures of success used by coastal managers in Maine to track the ability ...
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Gauging the Social Values of Ecosystem Services in the Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve

This report presents the findings of a survey initiative conducted to gauge the social values of ecosystem services of the visitors, seasonal residents, and permanent residents of the Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve (Reserve). In order to gauge the perceived ...
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Integration of social and cultural aspects in designing ecohydrology and restoration solutions

Coastal marine ecosystems worldwide are being degraded as a result of anthropogenic disturbance, including pollution, runoff, and sedimentation, which are directly tied to human activities within adjacent watersheds. While the biophysical sciences can provide critical data determining cause-and-effect relationships among ...
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National Coral Reef Monitoring Program Socioeconomic Monitoring Component: Summary Findings for Guam, 2016

This report outlines human dimensions information relevant to coral reef resources in Guam. The findings here are derived from a combination of data gathered through household surveys conducted from February to July of 2016, and additional secondary sources of socioeconomic ...
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Social ScienceEcosystem Services ValuationEcosystem services are the goods and services from ecological systems that benefit people. These services include protection from coastal storms, habitat for fish and shellfish, and outdoor ...
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