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Assessment of Hurricane Impacts to Coral Reefs in ...

In 2017, major hurricanes impacted coral reefs in both Florida and Puerto Rico. We quantified these impacts using diver-based surveys, and our information was used to guide targeted emergency stabilization ...
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Assessment of the Beneficial Use of Dredged Sedime...

Navigation channels across the country require regular maintenance dredging to avoid infilling with sediments and becoming impassible. In an experimental strategy that is often referred to as “beneficial use,” sediments ...
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Baseline Environmental Assessment off St. John, U....

Watershed restoration projects are being conducted on St. John, USVI, to improve the health of coral reef ecosystems, create jobs, improve island infrastructure, and obtain a better understanding of the ...
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Benthic Habitat Characterization and Climate Chang...

Cordell Bank, Greater Farallones and Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuaries harbor diverse communities of deep-water fish, corals and sponges. Corals and sponges associated with groundfish habitat face many threats, including ...
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Benthic Habitat Mapping off St. John, U.S. Virgin ...

We developed benthic habitat maps for shallow areas (< 30 m) around St. John and moderate-depth areas (30–60 m) south of St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands. These maps ...
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Characterizing Benthic Habitats Around Saipan, CNM...

In 2019, NOAA launched the Pacific Mapping Cooperative: Marianas Campaign to develop a plan to conduct much-needed mapping in the Marianas Archipelago. NCCOS was requested to generate contemporary, high-resolution shallow ...
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Defining Future Seafloor Mapping Priorities to Inf...

NCCOS is building a digital inventory of shallow water (up to 40 m) mapping data sets and conducting a data needs assessment for the Coral Reef Conservation Program’s (CRCP) jurisdictional ...
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Determining Habitat Requirements and Connectivity ...

We are investigating habitat requirements and connectivity for key reef-associated fishes in the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary and surrounding areas. Marine protected areas (MPAs) are designated to conserve ...
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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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Coral Bleaching May be Induced by Hypoxia

NCCOS-supported researchers found low oxygen (hypoxia) led to coral bleaching, mass coral mortality, and changes in the microbial community on a Caribbean coral reef. In 2017, hypoxia was detected on ...
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New Publication Shows Distribution of Threatened C...

A new modeling study by NOAA scientists and others at University of the Virgin Islands and Louisiana State University predicts the distribution of Orbicella corals in shallow and mesophotic reef ...
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NCCOS-supported Research Aids Site Selection for C...

NCCOS-supported researchers from the University of Florida and Smithsonian Marine Station paired water quality sensors with coral outplants to develop data-driven criteria for selection of restoration sites in the Florida ...
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Coral Assessment and Restoration Results Released ...

In September 2017, major hurricanes Irma and Maria impacted Puerto Rico (PR) and the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) and caused considerable damage to shallow coral reefs. A newly released NOAA ...
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New Report Evaluates Health of U.S. Coral Reefs

Cover page of Coral Reef Condition: A Status Report for U.S. Coral Reefs. Credit NOAA. NCCOS scientists contributed to the newly released national status report on U.S. coral reefs. Drawing ...
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NOAA Intervention Strategy Seeks to Stem Loss of U...

NOAA Action Plan on Coral Intervention. Credit: NOAA. Rapidly deteriorating environmental conditions are threatening coral reefs worldwide, leading to a re-evaluation of long-standing conservation strategies. In response to recommendations from ...
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Photo Identification Guides for Deep-sea Corals an...

Iridogorgia magnispiralis, southwest Florida escarpment. Credit: NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research. Two new photo identification guides for deep-sea corals and sponges are now available to the public from ...
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New Research Shows Potential Impacts of Climate Ch...

Elkhorn coral (Acropora palmata). Credit: Lee Richter, National Park Service. A new modeling study by NOAA scientists predicts the future geographic range and population structure of threatened elkhorn coral (Acropora palmata) ...
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Seafloor Mapping Mission Supports Better Character...

A goliath grouper over four feet in length inspects the ROV while dozens of other large grouper and massive schools of small fish swarm a steep ledge in Tortugas South ...
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Tracking of Caribbean Corals Outplanted from Nurse...

There are seven species of Caribbean coral listed as threatened under the US Endangered Species Act. Two of those species, elkhorn coral and staghorn coral, are extensively cultured in coral ...
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