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Southeast Deep Coral Initiative (SEDCI): Exploring...

In 2016, NOAA’s Deep-Sea Coral Research and Technology Program started a four-year initiative to study deep-sea coral and sponge ecosystems off the Southeast U.S., a region including the U.S. federal ...

Survey and Impact Assessment of Derelict Fish Trap...

In the waters surrounding St. Thomas and St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands, we conducted an assessment of the causes and effects of lost fish traps. We evaluated fish mortality, trap ...

The Comprehensive U.S. Caribbean Coral Reef Ecosys...

We worked with territorial and federal partners to develop an integrated system for monitoring coral reef ecosystem health in the U.S. Caribbean. We integrated existing data into a comprehensive report, ...

The State of Coral Reef Ecosystems of the United S...

Reports in The State of Coral Reef Ecosystems of the United States and Pacific Freely Associated States series represent NOAA’s ongoing effort to assess the condition of the nation’s shallow-water ...

Using Satellite Imagery to Assess Impacts of Land-...

Rainwater runoff from coastal watersheds, especially during flood events, transports sediment and other pollutants into estuaries and nearshore marine environments that often have negative effects on plants and animals living ...

Water Quality Monitoring to Support Watershed Rest...

We are working with partners to conduct nutrient and sedimentation monitoring on and around Culebra Island, Puerto Rico. Excess nutrients in coastal waters can result in harmful algal blooms, fish ...

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First Compendium on Deep-water Algae of Puerto Ric...

A new taxonomic publication describes the relatively unknown algal flora of mesophotic coral ecosystems in Puerto Rico. Theseecosystems are characterized by the presence of light-dependent corals and associated communities found ...

Mesophotic Bicolor Damselfish Help Keep Shallower ...

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 ...

Data Collected for Map of Deep Coral Reefs off St....

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 ...

NCCOS in the Caribbean: Will Sautter Field Blog

Just Another Day of Field Work Our new office, The CrewZen II, captained by Kevin McCartney. Credit: NOAA Daybreak over the Caribbean Sea. It's at the peak of hurricane season ...

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 ...

NCCOS Leads Key Topics at International Coral Reef...

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 ...

Environmental Variables Influence Toxic Ciguatera ...

Anew 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 ...

Ciguatera Fish Poisoning Predicted to Increase wit...

A new NOAA study,published in the journal Ecological Modeling,anticipates an increase in the incidence of ciguatera fish poisoning (CFP) in the Gulf of Mexico and the U.S. Southeast Atlantic coast ...

Toxic Algae and Their Seaweed Hosts May Predict Ci...

New research shows that different Caribbean species of Gambierdiscus — the microscopic marine algae most often associated with ciguatera fish poisoning (CFP) — demonstrate different growth and attachment behaviors with ...

NCCOS Trains Partners to Conduct Coral Reef Monito...

NCCOS staffrecently trained partners in field operations and fish and coral data collection for theNational Coral Reef Monitoring Program (NCRMP), a core component of NOAA's Coral ReefConservation Program. Approximately seventy ...

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Data & Publications

Intersex in male invasive Atlantic lionfish, Pterois spp

Intersex in gonochoristic species is a reproductive abnormality in which an individual produces gametes of the type normally associated with the opposite sex. To investigate the prevalence of intersex in male lionfish Pterois spp., 884 individuals were collected from the ...

Mapping Ecological Priorities and Human Impacts to Support Land-Sea Management of Puerto Rico's Northeast Marine Corridor

This report describes a spatial characterization conducted to support the development of an integrated management plan for Puerto Rico's Northeast Marine Corridor. The Northeast Marine Corridor is a large, landsea reserve network, making it unique in the region for both ...

Mapping Seafloor Relative Reflectance and Assessing Coral Reef Morphology with EAARL-B Topobathymetric Lidar Waveforms

Topobathymetric lidar is becoming an increasingly valuable tool for benthic habitat mapping, enabling safe, efficient data acquisition over coral reefs and other fragile ecosystems. In 2014, a novel topobathymetric lidar system, the Experimental Advanced Airborne Research Lidar-B (EAARL-B), was used ...

Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems

This book summarizes what is known about mesophotic coral ecosystems (MCEs) geographically and by major taxa. MCEs are characterized by light-dependent corals and associated communities typically found at depths ranging from 30-40 m and extending to over 150 m in ...

Moderate-Depth Benthic Habitats of St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands

This report describes the creation and assessment of a moderate-depth benthic habitat map for the Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument (VICRNM) south of St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. The objective of this effort, conducted by NOAA's Center for Coastal ...

Movements of reef fish across the boundary of the Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument in Coral Bay, St. John, USVI

The Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument (VICRNM) was created to expand the protection of the marine ecosystems around St. John. Monument boundaries were not designed using ecological criteria, but were instead the result of historical land ownership and the ...

National Coral Reef Monitoring Program, Biological Monitoring Atlantic/Caribbean: St. Thomas and St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands 2013 Mission Data Report

The National Coral Reef Monitoring Program (NCRMP) is a strategic plan developed by NOAAs Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP) to monitor all U.S. coral reef ecosystems with standardized methodologies (http://www.coris.noaa.gov/monitoring/). The primary monitoring objectives include: Develop consistent survey designs, field ...

National Coral Reef Monitoring Program: Assessment of coral reef benthic communities in Puerto Rico

Benthic survey data provided in this data set were collected around Puerto Rico as part of NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS)-led missions in collaboration with various partners. These partners include the University of Puerto Rico, HJR Reefscaping, ...

National Coral Reef Monitoring Program: Assessment of coral reef benthic communities in Puerto Rico from 2014-05-19 to 2014-12-03 (NCEI Accession 0151729)

Benthic data collection for the National Coral Reef Ecosystem Monitoring Program (NCRMP) consists of two survey types: the Line Point-Intercept (LPI) method and the Coral Demographic method. The LPI method provides a measure of percent cover of biotic and abiotic ...

National Coral Reef Monitoring Program: Assessment of coral reef benthic communities in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands from 2015-06-08 to 2015-06-19 (NCEI Accession 0151730)

Benthic data collection for the National Coral Reef Ecosystem Monitoring Program (NCRMP) consists of two survey types: the Line Point-Intercept (LPI) method and the Coral Demographic method. The LPI method provides a measure of percent cover of biotic and abiotic ...

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