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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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New Benthic Habitat Mapping Technologies Evaluated

NCCOS scientists recently evaluated new, benthic habitat mapping technologies and methods during a five-day mission at Flat Cay in St. Thomas, USVI. Benthic habitats in the Caribbean—including, coral reefs, seagrass beds, and mangroves—provide many important ecosystem services, such as fishing, tourism, and shoreline protection. Accurate maps of these habitats are integral to their management. The […]

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NCCOS Trains Partners to Conduct Coral Reef Monitoring Surveys for 2015 Field Season

NCCOS staff recently trained partners in field operations and fish and coral data collection for the National Coral Reef Monitoring Program (NCRMP), a core component of NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program. Approximately seventy scientists from St. Thomas, USVI and the U.S. East Coast received classroom and practical instruction on protocol execution, in situ implementation, and data management to prepare […]

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Expedition Marks Twelve Years of Discovery in the Caribbean

Scientists recently completed the 12th year of a research expedition to map seafloor habitats in the U.S. Caribbean aboard the NOAA Ship Nancy Foster. Researchers mapped nearly 200,000 underwater acres along St. Croix and St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands and completed 35 remotely operated vehicle dives. Key findings include the identification of three seamounts rising 25 […]

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Reef Fish Movements Tracked in USVI Monument to Assess Boundary Effectiveness

NCCOS and National Park Service (NPS) researchers are evaluating the boundaries of the Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument in Coral Bay, St. John relative to the home range of reef fish that the monument was conceived, in part, to protect. The team has tracked reef fish movements using surgically implanted acoustic transmitters and an […]

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New Protocol Allows Scientists to Monitor Toxic Bottom-dwelling Algae at Low Cost

Using little more than a window screen to collect algae, NCCOS scientists have developed a simple, low-cost protocol for monitoring harmful, bottom-dwelling algae in diverse marine habitats around the world. The window screens mimic natural surfaces that harbor toxic algae and allow direct comparisons of algae abundance from different locations. In a series of field […]

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