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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Technical Support for Inception of Florida DEP Cor...

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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Assessing Contamination in Faga’alu Bay, Ame...

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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NOAA Partnership Helps Design Coral Reef Water Qua...

In an effort to design a water quality monitoring program for the Southeast Florida Coral Reef Initiative (SEFCRI) region, Florida's Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) met with coastal county representatives ...
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Scientists Assess Contaminants in Vieques, Puerto ...

Caribbean Spiny Lobster (Panulirus argus) and Queen conch (Strombus gigas) in the coastal waters of Vieques, Puerto Rico were tested for a suite of contaminants. A team of scientists from ...
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NOS Scientists Meet with Puerto Rico Fishermen to ...

Scientists from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, the Office of Response and Restoration, and the Office of Coastal Resource Management recently met with local fishermen in Vieques, Puerto ...
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Baseline Assessment of Marine Ecosystems in St. Jo...

A new NCCOS study presents baseline information about the ecology and pollution stress in Coral and Fish Bays in St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. The information will help support evaluations ...
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NOAA Conducts Field Mission to Assess Contaminants...

Researchers from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS), in collaboration with partners from NOAA's Coral Reef Conservation Program, recently completed a major field effort to quantify pollution in ...
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New Study Shows Elevated Sediment Pollution Levels...

A new study from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) reports recent sediment samples from Guánica Bay, Puerto Rico contained some of the highest concentrations of PCBs, chlordane, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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National Coastal Condition Report IV

This document contains the results and analysis from the fourth national coastal assessment, published in 2012 ...
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Pollution in Surface Sediments in Faga’alu Bay, Tutuila, American Samoa

This document represents a portion of a larger study, which involves a comprehensive, integrated baseline assessment of Faga'alu Bay, Tutuila, American Samoa. This document focuses on the sediment contaminant portion of the larger effort. The report details: (1) contaminant (e.g ...
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Support for Integrated Ecosystem Assessments of NOAA’s National Estuarine Research Reserves System (NERRS), Volume I: The Impacts of Coastal Development on the Ecology and Human Wellbeing of Tidal Creek Ecosystems of the US Southeast

A study was conducted, in association with the Sapelo Island and North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserves (NERRs), to evaluate the impacts of coastal development on sentinel habitats (e.g., tidal creek ecosystems), including potential impacts to human health and well-being ...
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