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Data Collected for Map of Deep Coral Reefs off St. John, USVI

This past summer NCCOS scientists collected underwater photos and videos from mesophotic ocean depths (30–100 meters) between Vieques Island and St. John in the U.S. Caribbean. The data will support the development of a new benthic habitat map that will depict the distribution of mesophotic coral reef ecosystems on the insular shelf. The new habitat […]

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NCCOS in the Caribbean: Arliss Winship Field Blog

How the travelling salesman saved a day of Caribbean field work | by Arliss Winship It’s not every day that an ecological modeler gets out in the field. I spend most of my time behind a computer synthesizing ecological data sets and conducting statistical analyses. Not the most fun activities one associates with marine science. […]

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NCCOS Leads Key Topics at International Coral Reef Symposium

This week, staff from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) led special sessions and gave individual presentations at the 13th International Coral Reef Symposium in Honolulu, Hawaii. The symposium is one of the largest international gatherings that bring together researchers, managers, policy makers, non-governmental organizations, and the general public to share and discuss recent […]

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Environmental Variables Influence Toxic Ciguatera Algae Growth and Distribution

A new study describes optimal growth conditions for several species and strains of the benthic marine dinoflagellate Gambierdiscus and highlights how these species and strains respond differently to varying levels of salinity, light, and temperature. These environmental factors, along with suitable seafloor habitat, predict the geographic distribution of Gambierdiscus. Gambierdiscus is a genus of tropical and subtropical […]

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Can Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems Serve as Lifeboats for Shallow Reefs?

On May 24, 2016, the United Nations Environment Programme released a new report on mesophotic coral ecosystems (MCEs) during a coral reef media roundtable at the second session of the United Nations Environmental Assembly (UNEA-2) in Nairobi, Kenya. The document, Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems: A lifeboat for coral reefs?, edited by GRID-Arendal and NOAA, represents contributions […]

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NOAA Improves Monitoring of Ciguatera in Fish

NCCOS and their partners have developed a new method for detecting ciguatoxins in fish that does not rely on the typical use of radioisotopes, which are highly regulated and often unavailable in remote tropical regions where ciguatera incidence is high. More than 50,000 people suffer from ciguatera fish poisoning each year by consuming fish tainted with […]

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Investigating Tissue Contaminant Levels in Shellfish from Vieques, Puerto Rico

New research from NOAA found tissue concentrations of toxic contaminants in queen conch (Strombus gigas), including metals, energetic compounds (associated with munitions), and the pesticide DDT from Vieques, Puerto Rico. The measured contaminant levels were similar to elsewhere in the Caribbean despite decades of military activities on the island. A team of scientists from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean […]

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