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An Assessment of Chemical Contaminants in Sediment...

We studied the coastal waters of southwest Puerto Rico to find out what kind and how much pollution (chemical contaminants) are in sediments and corals (Porites astreoides) and how that ...
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Assessment of Chemical Contaminants in Sediments a...

Funded by NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP), the goal of this project is to quantify the extent of chemical contamination in sediments and fish in Cocos Lagoon, Guam. Significant ...
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Characterization of Land-Based Sources of Pollutio...

We assessed the condition of the St. Thomas East End Reserves, establishing a baseline from which we can evaluate the effectiveness of restoration activities. This is the first reserve-wide integrated ...
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Determining the Cause of Endocrine Disruption in t...

Along with colleagues from the U.S. Geological Survey and Virginia Polytechnic Institute, we placed passive water samplers in the Shenandoah River in Virginia to determine which chemicals may be associated ...
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Scientists Assess Contaminants, Fish Populations i...

NCCOS scientists Ian Hartwell and Tony Pait retrieve PONAR sediment grab from Salt River Bay, St. Croix, USVI. Credit: NOAA. Earlier this month, NCCOS scientists and their partners completed fieldwork ...
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NCCOS Scientists Assess Chemical Contaminants in C...

NCCOS scientists recently traveled to Guam for a project funded by NOAA's Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP), to help quantify chemical contamination in Cocos Lagoon, located at the southern tip ...
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Studying Contaminants in Cocos Lagoon, Guam: Blog ...

Today, our sites included two areas within the Achang Reef Flat Marine Preserve. The preserve is on the northeastern end of Cocos Lagoon, a beautiful area that includes sea grass ...
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Studying Contaminants in Cocos Lagoon, Guam: Blog ...

For sediment sampling in Cocos Lagoon, we used what is known as a 'stratified -random design.' Basically, a series of strata (layers) were developed in consultation with local partners, and ...
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Studying Contaminants in Cocos Lagoon, Guam: Blog ...

Our first day of sampling in Cocos Lagoon. This morning, we drove to the Guam EPA operations building in Barrigada. There, we met up with our colleagues, loaded up the ...
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Studying Contaminants in Cocos Lagoon, Guam: Blog ...

Cocos Lagoon, Guam. Credit: NOAA Cocos Lagoon is an atoll-like coral reef lagoon located on the southwestern coast of the island of Guam in the South Pacific. The lagoon is ...
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NCCOS and IPO Attend Global Partnership on Nutrien...

The Global Partnership on Nutrient Management (GPNM), a group comprised of a variety of agencies and governments, promotes nutrient management for food safety and natural resource conservation. Representatives from the ...
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July Field Mission in St. Thomas USVI Marine Reser...

On July 20-25, scientists from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) will conduct a follow-up field mission to the St. Thomas East End Reserves (STEER). The work is ...
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NCCOS Scientists to Conduct Field Mission in St. T...

In late July, scientists from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science will conduct a follow-up field mission to the St. Thomas East End Reserves (STEER), on the southeastern end ...
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Scientists studying sediment in reserve – Ne...

ST. THOMAS - Scientists are working on a project in the St. Thomas East End Reserves to see how much sediment and pollution washes into the protected marine sanctuary. The ...
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An Analysis of Chemical Contaminants in Sediments and Fish from Cocos Lagoon, Guam

As part of the NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP) jurisdictional priority gathering, local agencies in Guam identified Cocos Lagoon as an area potentially impacted by land-based sources of pollution. The US Coast Guard operated a Long Range Navigation (LORAN) ...
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An assessment of chemical contaminants detected in passive water samplers deployed in the St. Thomas east end reserves (STEER)

This report is the second in a series from a project to assess land-based sources of pollution (LBSP) and effects in the St. Thomas East End Reserves (STEER) in St. Thomas, USVI, and is the result of a collaborative effort ...
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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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An assessment of chemical contaminants, toxicity and benthic infauna in sediments from the St. Thomas East End Reserves (STEER)

This report contains a chemical and biological characterization of sediments from the St. Thomas East End Reserves (STEER) in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI). The STEER Management Plan (published in 2011) identified chemical contaminants and habitat loss as high ...
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An assessment of contaminant body burdens in the coral (Porites astreoides) and Queen conch (Strombus gigas) from the St. Thomas East End Reserves (STEER)

As part of the joint effort between the US Virgin Islands Department of Planning and Natural Resources and the NOAA Centers for Coastal and Ocean Science (NCCOS), to conduct a Reserves-wide impact assessment of land-based sources of pollution and effects ...
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An assessment of nutrients, sedimentation, and total suspended solids (TSS) in the St. Thomas East End Reserves (STEER)

This is the fifth report from a project to assess land-based sources of pollution (LSBPs) and their effects, and to characterize the biological community with the St. Thomas East End Reserves (Steer) in St. Thomas, USVI. Here we summarize the ...
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An Assessment of Tributyltin and Metals in Sediment Cores From the St. Thomas East End Reserves

This is the sixth report in a series from a project to assess land-based sources of pollution (LBSP) and their effects, and to characterize the biological community within the St. Thomas East End Reserves (STEER) in St. Thomas, USVI. Here ...
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An integrated environmental assessment of the St. Thomas East End Reserves (STEER)

The St. Thomas East End Reserves, or STEER, is a collection of Marine Reserves and Wildlife Sanctuaries (MRWS) located on the southeastern end of the island of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. With an area of approximately 9.6 km2 , ...
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Benthic habitat contaminant status and sediment toxicity in Bristol Bay, Alaska

A baseline environmental characterization of the northeastern reaches of Bristol Bay, Alaska was conducted using the National Status and Trends’ sediment quality triad approach. The study area was subdivided into 6 strata based on geophysical and hydrodynamic patterns (the upper ...
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Benthic habitats of Fish Bay, Coral Bay and the St. Thomas East End Reserve

This report describes the development and assessment of shallow (0-40 m) benthic habitat maps for Fish Bay, Coral Bay and the St. Thomas East End Reserve (STEER) in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The objective of this effort, conducted by NOAA's ...
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