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Scientists Name New Water Mite After Jennifer Lope...

NOAA-funded scientists have found a new species of water mite off the shores of Puerto Rico. As they wrote about their findings, the intrepid marine biologists listened to singer Jennifer ...
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Traditional Palauan Practices Support Healthy Cora...

A taro field in Palau acts as a natural sediment trap. Credit: Faustina K. Rehuher-Marugg. A new study has demonstrated what Palauans have known for millennia - cultivated wetlands, in ...
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Guam Students Learn About Coastal Resilience and C...

Over a decade ago, fishermen in the village of Umatac (Humåtak) off the southwest coast of Guam found they were not catching the same size and quality of fish. Researchers ...
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Ocean Sciences Meeting Highlights Results of Spons...

The 2014 Ocean Sciences Meeting showcased the reach and extent of research sponsored by NCCOS, including coral reefs, harmful algal blooms, hypoxia, applying research to management solutions, and integrated ecosystem ...
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NOAA Administrator Honors NCCOS Employees

At the 2013 NOAA Administrator and Technology Transfer Awards ceremony, Acting NOAA Administrator Dr. Kathryn Sullivan recognized four NCCOS employees for accomplishments that brought unusual credit to NOAA and the ...
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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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NCCOS-funded Research Cruise Investigates Coral an...

On August 13, 2013, NCCOS and partnerswill set off on a two-week research expedition off the coast of southwest Florida to investigate the role of mesophotic (mid-depth) coral ecosystems of ...
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NCCOS Staff Member Advises Fishery Management Coun...

On May 7-8, 2013, NCCOS participated in meetings with the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council 's Coral Advisory Panel in Charleston, SC. Discussions and recommendations were made to the Council ...
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Thriving 'Middle Light' Reefs Found in Puerto Rico

NOAA-funded scientists found extensive and biologically diverse coral ecosystems occurring at depths between 100–330 feet within a 12-mile span off the southwestern coast of Puerto Rico. With the overall health ...
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New species and new records of Cumacea (Crustacea: Peracarida: Cumacea) from mesophotic reefs of Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands, Caribbean Sea

The cumacean fauna of the Caribbean mesophotic reefs is remarkably rich but understudied. Herein, we present the description of 22 new species of the family Nannastacidae, including one from shallow reefs, 20 of them belonging to Cumella (Cumella) and two ...
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New Ulvaceae (Ulvophyceae, Chlorophyta) from mesophotic ecosystems across the Hawaiian Archipelago

Ulvalean algae (Chlorophyta) are most commonly described from intertidal and shallow subtidal marine environments worldwide, but are less well known from mesophotic environments. Their morphological simplicity and phenotypic plasticity make accurate species determinations difficult, even at the generic level. Here, ...
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Optimizing resource use efficiencies in the food-energy-water nexus for sustainable agriculture: from conceptual model to decision support system

Increased natural and anthropogenic stresses have threatened the Earth’s ability to meet growing human demands of food, energy and water (FEW) in a sustainable way. Although much progress has been made in the provision of individual component of FEW, it ...
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Patterns in larval reef fish distributions and assemblages with implications for local retention in mesoscale eddies

Benthic marine populations are often replenished by a combination of larvae from local and distant sources. To promote retention of locally spawned larvae in strong, unidirectional boundary current systems, benthic marine organisms must utilize biophysical mechanisms to minimize advective loss ...
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Patterns of population structure and dispersal in the long-lived “redwood” of the coral reef, the giant barrel sponge (Xestospongia muta)

Sponges are one of the dominant fauna on Florida and Caribbean coral reefs, with species diversity often exceeding that of scleractinian corals. Despite the key role of sponges as structural components, habitat providers, and nutrient recyclers in reef ecosystems, their ...
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Physical connectivity between Pulley Ridge and Dry Tortugas coral reefs under the influence of the Loop Current/Florida Current system

The Pulley Ridge and Dry Tortugas coral reefs are among the most pristine, but also fragile, marine ecosystems of the continental United States. Understanding connectivity processes between them and with surrounding shelf and deep areas is fundamental for their management ...
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Population connectivity among shallow and mesophotic Montastraea cavernosa corals in the Gulf of Mexico identifies potential for refugia

Successful management of spatially isolated coral reefs is contingent on an understanding of ecological connections across populations. To investigate genetic connectivity of the depth-generalist coral species Montastraea cavernosa, populations from both shallow (15–30 m) and mesophotic coral ecosystems (30–70 m) ...
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Population connectivity of the plating Agaricia lamarcki from southwest Puerto Rico

Identifying genetic connectivity and discrete population boundaries is an important objective for management of declining Caribbean reef-building corals. A double digest restriction-associated DNA sequencing protocol was utilized to generate 321 single nucleotide polymorphisms to estimate patterns of horizontal and vertical ...
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Preliminary cruise report: 2012 Pulley Ridge Cruise, August 14–25, 2012, R/V Walton Smith and UNCW Superphantom ROV

This cruise is the first of four planned for this project. The intent of this preliminary report is to provide information on sampling and other activities of this first cruise, so that processing of data and samples can quickly begin ...
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Reconciling economic impacts and stakeholder perception: A management challenge in the Florida Gulf Coast fisheries

As global fisheries management shifts towards ecosystem-based management, responsible organizations and governments must also address the socio-economic impacts of this shift. This study evaluates potential impacts of such management shift with a case study of Pulley Ridge (PR), an ecologically ...
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