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Marine Biogeographic Assessment of the Main Hawaii...

We compiled existing spatial data and created maps of the marine environment, benthic habitats, fishes, sea turtles, marine mammals and seabirds off the Main Hawaiian Islands (MHI). This work supports ...
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Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems of American Samoa

We are investigating American Samoa’s mesophotic coral ecosystems (40–100 meters or ~130–330 feet deep) to better understand them and their relationship to shallower reefs. Nearly 80 percent of coral reef ...
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Spatial Predictive Modeling of Threatened ESA Cora...

We are using predictive mapping to predict Threatened coral species distributions in the U.S. Atlantic and Caribbean and provide interactive maps of predicted distributions. Outputs are data-driven spatial predictions of ...
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U.S. Virgin Islands Coral Reef Resilience Prioriti...

We are identifying coral reefs and underwater habitats in the U.S. Virgin Islands that have high resilience properties and potential to withstand current and forecasted climate change conditions, such as ...
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Understanding Coral Ecosystem Connectivity in the ...

We are investigating population connectivity for key coral, sponge, and fish species between shallow and mesophotic reefs of the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary and its proposed expansion areas ...
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Using Data on Reef Fish Foraging in Seagrass Beds ...

No-take marine reserves are critical tools for protecting reef fishes and should include all habitats the fishes use. However, we have little information about reef fish foraging in seagrass beds ...
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Vulnerability of Deep-Sea Coral Ecosystems to Ocea...

The high acidity and high dissolved inorganic carbon of the California Current ecosystem make it a natural laboratory to study the effects of ocean acidification and ocean warming on deep-sea ...
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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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NOAA Scientists Update South East Florida Coral Re...

On September 2nd, 2020, NOAA shared an overview of findings from a joint NOAA/Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) water quality assessment of the south Florida Reef Tract with the ...
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2019 Puerto Rico Coral Reef Monitoring Data Now Av...

In support of the National Coral Reef Monitoring Program (NCRMP), NCCOS helps assess the status of U.S. coral reef resources. Puerto Rico fish and benthic community data collected by NCCOS ...
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NCCOS Helps Update National Database of Deep-Sea C...

A partial view of the NOAA Deep-Sea Coral & Sponge Map Portal. Credit NOAA DSCRTP. NOAA has released a report detailing the first major update of a deep-sea database since ...
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NCCOS Research Provides Scientific Foundation for ...

A recent U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) ruling found that pollution discharge into groundwater from a Maui County (HI) sewage treatment plant (County of Maui v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund) fueled macroalgal ...
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Scientists Document Effect of Crude Oil on a Pacif...

Pocillopora damicornis tissue regeneration images following exposure to increasing concentrations of crude oil. Arrows indicate tissue loss at the highest oil concentrations. Credit: May et al., 2020. NCCOS scientists and ...
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NCCOS Science Supports Creation of New Maps for Al...

Scientists from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) contributed data to the Allen Coral Atlas project to support development of new, sea bottom maps for western Micronesia, as ...
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NCCOS Supports 20-year Plan to Restore Seven Coral...

In collaboration with state and local partners, NOAA has announced a bold strategy to restore and preserve seven coral reef sites in the Florida Keys, part of an unprecedented, decades-long ...
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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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