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Ecology, Integrity and Status of Caribbean Mesopho...

We investigated Puerto Rico’s mesophotic coral ecosystems to better understand them and their relationship to shallower reefs. They are off the southwestern coast at depths of 50–100 m (164–328 ft) ...
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Environmental Models for Marine Aquaculture and Sp...

We are developing marine spatial planning tools and best management practices for marine aquaculture to minimize or eliminate any negative environmental effects. We are providing strategic planning and technical guidance ...
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Habitat Mapping of Fish Bay, Coral Bay, and the St...

We developed benthic habitat maps for shallow-water (< 40 meters) areas in and around Fish Bay, Coral Bay, and the St. Thomas East End Reserve in the U.S. Virgin Islands ...
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Impact Assessments and Management Strategies for I...

We are conducting biological and ecological assessments of invasive lionfish to determine their impact on reef habitats and economies of the Atlantic. Our work includes interpreting the results of existing ...
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Land and Sea Characterization of St. Croix East En...

Established in 2003, St. Croix East End Marine Park was the first multi-use marine park in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The park’s ecosystem and the threats to that ecosystem are ...
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Lionfish Control in the National Marine Sanctuarie...

The invasive lionfish is one of the most dominant top predators of reef communities in the temperate and tropical Atlantic Ocean. Lionfish are reducing native reef fish and marine invertebrate ...
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Mapping Coastal Elevations and Water Depths Using ...

Many organizations need imagery, and elevation and depth data to effectively manage our nation’s coastlines. However, coastal areas are expensive and challenging to map using conventional technologies. Here, we are ...
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Mapping Fish Habitat to Determine Coral Reef Ecosy...

We are integrating sonar information on fish with seafloor mapping sonars to produce maps of the coral reef and reef fish habitat use in U.S. Caribbean territories. Why We Care ...
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Marine Cage Culture and the Environment

We conducted a comprehensive review and analysis of global research on the environmental effects of marine cage culture. This analysis comprises the latest knowledge of water quality and benthic impacts ...
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National Coral Reef Institute (NCRI)

Researchers at the National Coral Reef Institute (NCRI) are exploring scientifically sound approaches to understand, assess, monitor, restore and mitigate injured coral reefs. NCRI is recognized by NOAA as one ...
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Spatial Analysis Completed to Prioritize U.S. Cari...

NCCOS recently completed the spatial analysis that will guide the prioritization of future seafloor mapping, research, and exploration in the U.S. Caribbean. With input from regional stakeholders, the research team ...
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Tenth Harmful Algal Bloom Symposium Highlights NCC...

Credit. 10th US Symposium on Harmful Algae. The 10th US Symposium on Harmful Algae, held November 3-8, 2019, focused on emerging harmful algal blooms (HABs) in the US, crossing the ...
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Highlights of the Southeast Deep Coral Initiative ...

Andrew Shuler (NCCOS) collects samples from the Mohawk ROV bio box during NF1901 as ROV operator, Eric Glidden, looks on. Credit NOAA NCCOS. The Southeast Deep Coral Initiative (SEDCI) completed ...
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Coral Reef Expedition Marks Fifteen Years of Disco...

NCCOS's research cruise in the U.S. Caribbean last month aboard NOAA Ship Nancy Foster marks the fifteenth year of ship-based coral ecosystem investigations supported by NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program ...
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New Report Summarizes Magnitude and Effects of Con...

NOAA National Status & Trends Bioeffects Program: A Summary of the Magnitude and Effects of Contaminants in the Nation's Coastal Waters report cover. Credit: NOAA. The NCCOS Bioeffects Program has ...
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Report Describes Socioeconomics of Human Communiti...

Summary findings for USVI, 2017. Credit: NOAA CRCP. The National Coral Reef Monitoring Program (NCRMP) recently published human dimension information related to coral reef resources in the U.S. Virgin Islands ...
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Highlights of Southeast Deep Coral Initiative in 2...

A map showing 173 ROV and submersible dives completed in FY18 in the U.S. west Atlantic, as part of the NOAA Southeast Deep Coral Initiative, or SEDCI. Credit: NOAA The ...
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Exploring Puerto Rican Reef Habitats from NOAA Shi...

High-definition ROV photos of Swiftia exserta, seen here in the white polyp morphotype. Credit: NOAA A scientific mission on the NOAA Ship Nancy Foster from June 25 to July 7, ...
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Determining Ciguatera Risk in Invasive Lionfish

The lionfish is invasive to the Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean. Credit: NOAA Scientists are investigating the prevalence of ciguatera toxins in invasive lionfish in response to interest in ...
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Biology, Ecology, Control and Management of the Invasive Indo-Pacific Lionfish: An Updated Integrated Assessment

Venomous Indo-Pacific lionfish (Pterois miles and P. volitans) are now established along the Southeast U.S.A. and parts of the Caribbean and pose a serious threat to reef fish communities of these regions. Lionfish are likely to invade the Gulf of ...
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Caribbean Fishery Acoustic Assessment: Fish density data collection from NOAA Ship Nancy Foster, from 2008-03-26 to 2014-05-31 (NCEI Accession 0156395)

These data sets show acoustically detected fish densities throughout the Caribbean ocean. NOAA/NCCOS collected these data sets to help characterize broad-scale fish abundance, biomass, and understand temporal behavior. Acoustic data was collected aboard NOAA Ship Nancy Foster using 120-7C splitbeam ...
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CDHC workshop report: guidance for an epidemiological strategy and establishing a disease surveillance network for Caribbean Acropora palmata

Acropora palmata was listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act in May 2006 (71 FR 26852). In 2012, the National Marine Fisheries Service proposed the reclassification of A. palmata (77 FR 73219) as endangered, but determined in 2014, that ...
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Characterization of Navassa National Wildlife Refuge: A preliminary report for NF-06-05 (NOAA ship Nancy Foster, April 18-30, 2006)

Navassa is a small, undeveloped island in the Windward Passage between Jamaica and Haiti. It was designated a National Wildlife Refuge under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 1999, but the remote location makes management and ...
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Characterizing Jobos Bay, Puerto Rico: A watershed modeling analysis and monitoring plan

Progress report on partnership between USDA and NOAA's National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS), Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment (CCMA) established by the Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP) in the Jobos Bay watershed. Discusses sediment and pollutant predictions ...
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Characterizing participation in non-commercial fishing and other shore-based recreational activities on St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands

Non-commercial fishing, which includes recreational and subsistence fishing activity, is part of the culture and heritage of the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI). Residents of USVI fish for enjoyment, to gather food, to bond with others, as well as for gifting ...
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Characterizing population structure of coral-associated fauna from mesophotic and shallow habitats in the Caribbean

Symbiotic relationships are a common phenomenon among marine invertebrates, forming both obligatory and facultative dependencies with their host. Here, we investigate and compare the population structure of two crustacean species associated with both shallow and mesophotic ecosystems: an obligate symbiont ...
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Contaminants in Marine Resources of Vieques, Puerto Rico

Pollution in the marine environment has the potential to negatively impact ecosystem health, including adverse effects on fisheries species. This can occur through direct impacts, food web effects and habitat degradation. Vieques is an island municipality of the Commonwealth of ...
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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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Coral reef ecosystems of St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands: Spatial and temporal patterns in fish and benthic communities (2001-2009)

This technical memorandum contains analysis of nine years of data (2001-2009) from in situ fish belt transect and benthic habitat quadrat surveys conducted in and around the Virgin Islands National Park (VIIS) and the Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument ...
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