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Biogeographic Assessment of the Channel Islands Na...

The Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary (CINMS) off the coast of Southern California was designated in 1980. In 2005, NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries and CINMS were considering six ...
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Characterizing Fish and Invertebrates of the Shall...

We characterized the coral and fish communities on the sanctuary’s shallow reefs based on data collected in 2006 and 2007. We focused on two management goals: 1) to develop a ...
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Research to Support Management of the Flower Garde...

We conducted an assessment of biological resources in the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, to serve as the basis for future sanctuary management decisions. This baseline assessment will also ...
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Survey and Impact Assessment of Derelict Fish Trap...

In the waters surrounding St. Thomas and St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands, we conducted an assessment of the causes and effects of lost fish traps. We evaluated fish mortality, trap ...
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New Report Examines Spatial Overlap of Deep Corals...

Coincident areas of predicted suitability for Madracis coral with trawl and bottom long line fishing effort. Credit: NOAA NCCOS scientists recently examined the spatial aspect of eight years of commercial trawl ...
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Gulf of Mexico Alliance Forms First Monitoring Com...

The Gulf of Mexico Alliance (GOMA) recently formed a Monitoring Community of Practice (MCoP) whose purpose is to provide a forum for sharing and coordinating monitoring and mapping knowledge with ...
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NCCOS Supports Flower Garden Banks National Marine...

NCCOS scientists developed a biogeographic assessment and a geospatial decision support tool to help inform the proposed boundary expansion of the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary (FGBNMS) in the ...
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Gulf of Mexico Water Quality Workshop Identifies U...

Participants gather in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, for a workshop to address water quality data needs in the Gulf of Mexico. Credit: NOAA NCCOS staff led a workshop in Alabama this month ...
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NCCOS a Big Player at 2017 Gulf of Mexico Alliance...

NCCOS scientists and sponsored principal investigators (PIs) joined hundreds of other scientists and managers interested in the ecology and sustainability of the Gulf of Mexico at the Gulf of Mexico ...
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NOS Awards Ceremony Honors Seven NCCOS Employees

The 2015 National Ocean Service (NOS) Employee Recognition and Award Ceremony honored seven NCCOS staff members for outstanding contributions, accomplishments, and coordination efforts within NOS and NOAA. Russell Callender, Acting ...
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Coral Reef Monitoring Continues Field Season in th...

National Coral Reef Monitoring Program divers survey the reefs around St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Credit: NOAA NCCOSscientists, along with other federal and local partners, arediving on reefs ...
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NOAA Completes Extensive Study on Flower Garden Ba...

Four jacks glide past a diver in Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary. Credit: NOAA A recently completed three-year assessment of the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary (FGBNMS) is ...
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Puerto Rico Coral Reef Surveys Support Conservatio...

An NCCOS diver surveys a Caribbean coral reef. Photo credit: NOAA. Puerto Rico's coral reefs play an important cultural and commercial role in the island's economy, but are under constant ...
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Partners in Puerto Rico Learn How to Conduct Coral...

NCCOS researchers recently trained partners in Puerto Rico to collect fish and coral data for the National Coral Reef Monitoring Program, a core component of NOAA's Coral Reef Conservation Program ...
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2012 Data Summary for the First Island-wide Fish and Coral Assessment in Shallow (1-100′) Hardbottom Habitats of St. Croix, USVI

A collaborative research effort between the NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS), Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment’s (CCMA) Biogeography Branch (BB) and the National Park Service South Florida and Caribbean Network (NPS-SFCN) has been inventorying and assessing ...
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A biogeographic assessment of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary: A review of boundary expansion concepts for NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuary Program

This biogeographic assessment represents the continuation of an ongoing partnership between the National Marine Sanctuary Program (NMSP) and the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS). The purpose of this collaboration is to provide sanctuary managers with basic information on ...
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An ecological characterization of the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary region: Oceanographic, biogeographic, and contaminants assessment

This ecological characterization represents the continuation of an ongoing partnership between the National Marine Sanctuary Program (NMSP) and the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS), Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment (CCMA). The purpose of this collaboration is to ...
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An Oceanographic Characterization of the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary and Pacific Northwest: Interpretive Summary of Ocean Climate and Regional Processes Through Satellite Remote Sensing

This summary represents the continuation of an ongoing collaboration with the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS), Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary (OCNMS), and the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment (CCMA), through ...
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Baseline characterization of benthic and coral communities of the Flower Garden Banks, Texas from 2010-05-01 to 2012-08-31 (NODC Accession 0124257)

This study utilized ROV photograph transects to quantify benthic habitat and coral communities among the five habitat types (algal nodule, coralline algal reefs, deep reefs and soft bottom) identified in the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary (FGBNMS). ROV surveys ...
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Biogeographic characterization of fish and benthic communities, Flower Garden Banks, Texas 2006-09-13 to 2012-10-02 (NODC Accession 0118358)

The Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary (FGBNMS) represents the northernmost tropical western Atlantic coral reef on the continental shelf and supports the most highly developed offshore hard bank community in the region. This work was conducted to develop baseline ...
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Biogeographic characterization of fish and benthic communities, St Croix, US Virgin Islands 2012-05-07 to 2012-05-18 (NODC Accession 0125237)

Reef fish populations are a conspicuous and essential component of USVI coral reef ecosystems. Yet despite their importance, striking population and community level changes have occurred in the recent past due to fishing pressure and habitat degradation. The monitoring methodologies ...
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Biogeographic characterization of fish communities and associated benthic habitats within the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sancturary

This biogeographic characterization is a project formed from the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries - National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science Long-term Agreement. This agreement originates from the common belief of these two programs within NOAA’s National Ocean Service that ...
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Coral reef ecosystems of Reserva Natural La Parguera (Puerto Rico): Spatial and temporal patterns in fish and benthic communities (2001-2007)

The report provides a spatial and temporal characterization of the fish and benthic communities of southwestern Puerto Rico, primarily within the La Parguera Natural Reserve. The reserve is a multiuse area that spans the continental shelf from the extensive mangrove ...
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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 ...
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