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New Guidance for Standardized Deep-Sea Observations

A new NCCOS report analyzes the application of the Coastal and Marine Ecological Classification Standard (CMECS) in Deep-Sea benthic surveys in the Northeast Pacific. The CMECS is intended to unify habitat classification efforts, in order to allow for broader integration and comparison of data. Habitat classification is important because it helps to identify deep-sea corals, hydrocarbon seep communities, […]

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Depth affects Algal Symbiont composition in Caribbean Coral

First of Four Articles on Research Findings Comparing Shallow and Mesophotic Coral Reefs NCCOS-funded researchers investigating the diversity of symbiotic algae (Symbiodinium spp.) associated with the coral Agaricia lamarcki in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands found the coral’s algal associations change with depth. Light-dependent corals form a mutually beneficial relationship (symbiosis) with the […]

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Successful First Year of NOAA’s Deep-Sea Coral Initiative in the Southeast

In 2016, NOAA’s Deep-Sea Coral Research and Technology Program started a new four-year initiative to study deep-sea coral and sponge ecosystems across the southeastern U.S., a region including U.S. federal waters in the South Atlantic, Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico. The initiative is led by the NCCOS Deep Coral team, and is a […]

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Experts Shape the Future of Caribbean Coral Restoration Science and Practice

Adapted text from Tali Vardi Coral restoration scientists, practitioners, and resource managers gathered at the Workshop to Advance the Science and Practice of Caribbean Coral Restoration in Fort Lauderdale, FL last month to address the rapidly expanding and evolving role of active coral restoration in the management of coral reef ecosystems. The three-day meeting facilitated […]

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New Infographic Describes Socioeconomics of Guam Coral Reefs

Scientists from NCCOS and NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program have released a new infographic that describes key findings from social surveys conducted in Guam. The infographic highlights the perceptions, values, and level of support Guam’s residents have for Guam coral reef management alternatives. The infographic is part of a larger effort known as the National […]

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First Compendium on Deep-water Algae of Puerto Rico Published

A new taxonomic publication describes the relatively unknown algal flora of mesophotic coral ecosystems in Puerto Rico. These ecosystems are characterized by the presence of light-dependent corals and associated communities found at depths ranging from 100 to 500 feet deep. The work, published in a recent issue of Smithsonian Contributions to Botany, was supported partly by the […]

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Mesophotic Bicolor Damselfish Help Keep Shallower Reef Populations Afloat

NOAA-supported researchers studying the potential coral ecosystem connectivity of the deep (192-256 ft/60-80 m), mesophotic reefs of Pulley Ridge and the shallower reefs downstream in the Florida Keys found that bicolor damselfish populations on shallower reefs may owe some of their sustainability to mesophotic reefs. In comparison to shallower reefs, the bicolor damselfish populations on mesophotic […]

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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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