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An Assessment of Fisheries Species to Inform Time-...

Environmental windows or moratoria are used by federal and state regulators in resource management to temporarily reduce adverse environmental impacts associated with coastal development. Seasonal restrictions on construction activities can ...
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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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Developing a Resource Assessment Tool for Marine P...

We worked with NOAA’s National Marine Protected Area Center (MPA Center) to develop new approaches to characterize natural resources (e.g., deep sea corals, fish diversity, submarine canyons) in marine-protected areas ...
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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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Ecosystem Based Management: An Analysis of Nationa...

Ecosystem based management (EBM) is a holistic, adaptive approach to developing policies that ensure ecosystem sustainability, food and water security, and improve human health outcomes for future generations. Informed by ...
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Hawaii Coral Reef Initiative (HCRI)

The Hawaii Coral Reef Initiative (HCRI) research cooperative includes county, state, and federal agencies; community-based organizations; and the private sector working together to expand and coordinate monitoring and research activities ...
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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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Modeling and mapping marine bird distributions on ...

Seabirds and other marine birds are wide-ranging and highly mobile so mapping their at-sea distributions presents a significant challenge. The purpose of this project was to produce high-resolution predictive maps ...
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Predictive Modeling and Mapping of Hardbottom Seaf...

Detailed maps of seafloor habitats along the southeast U.S. coast are sparse. While efforts to explore and map fish habitats have increased, predictions of additional hardbottom locations would help regional ...
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Prioritizing Sites for Coral Reef Conservation in ...

We used existing and newly collected data, including local expert knowledge, to develop a map-based decision support tool to identify and prioritize the most important coral reefs for conservation consideration ...
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Predicting the Socioeconomic Impacts of Shoreline ...

The tradeoffs between protection of private property and management of the public commons along coastlines are a source of increasing conflict given the threats posed by erosion and sea-level rise ...
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NCCOS Helps Military with Long-term Resiliency at ...

With coastal military installations increasingly impacted by surrounding urban areas, climate change and sea level rise, the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) is implementing ecosystem-based management (EBM) for long-term resiliency ...
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NCCOS Releases Priorities for U.S. Caribbean Seafl...

Results of the mapping prioritization effort are now published. Credit NOAA NCCOS. NCCOS scientists teamed with 15 participants from Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands local, federal, territory, and academic ...
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State of Kachemak Bay Report Highlights Long-term ...

Scientists retrieve a CTD instrument from Kachemak Bay, as a whale surfaces in the background. The CTD instrument measures water conductivity, temperature, and depth. Credit: NCCOS. A report on the ...
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Podcast Explores Economics of Natural vs Armored S...

Some oceanfront landowners in Neskowin, Oregon, have chosen to use rock revetments, or rip-rap, to protect their properties from erosion. Their decision has implications for property values, public access, and ...
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NCCOS, Partners Release New Gulf Coast Monitoring ...

NCCOS, USGS, and NOAA Fisheries developed a new web-accessible database of water quality and habitat monitoring and mapping programs in the Gulf of Mexico. The database, called the Gulf Coast ...
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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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Researchers Couple Acoustic Telemetry with Habitat...

Map of telemetry results shows how four reef fish communities in St. John, USVI, overlap with marine protected area boundaries. Credit: Kendall et al., 2017. NCCOS is developing new tools ...
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Visitation Patterns Measured at Gray’s Reef Nation...

NCCOS scientists completed the first stage of a collaborative and multidisciplinary study of visitor use patterns at Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary. Understanding visitation at this marine protected area will ...
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