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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 ...

Assessing Multi-species Habitat Use and Connectivi...

We are evaluating how highly migratory and protected species, including cetaceans, fishes, pinnipeds, seabirds, and turtles, are using a network of state and federal marine protected areas (MPAs) in the ...

Defining Future Seafloor Mapping Priorities to Inf...

NOAA's Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP) uses benthic mapping data to develop information on the condition of coral reef ecosystems to help inform science-based management decisions. They have identified a ...

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 ...

Development of Satellite-derived Bathymetry and Be...

We developed satellite-derived bathymetry and benthic habitat and hydrodynamic roughness maps for Kwajalein Atoll in the Republic of the Marshall Islands. These products are supporting a modelling effort led by ...

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) ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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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Alaska Spatial Bibliography Helps Researchers Iden...

Map of Alaska's four ocean regions, as defined in the National Strategy for Mapping, Exploring, and Characterizing the United States Exclusive Economic Zone. Credit: NOAA. NCCOS and NOAA's Office of ...

Marine Benthic Algae of Puerto Rico Part I Publish...

Credit Smithsonian Contributions to Botany, Number 114. Smithsonian Scholarly Press. A new taxonomic study, “The Marine Benthic Algal Flora of Puerto Rico Part I” published by the Smithsonian Institution is ...

NOAA Identifies Florida Pompano as Commercially Re...

A publication co-authored by scientists from NCCOS, NOAA Sea Grant, and four other institutions identifies the Florida pompano as a marine finfish species that will contribute to the expansion of ...

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 ...

StoryMap Highlights Boat Visitations at Gray’s Ree...

Fishing for red snapper at GRNMS. Credit NOAA ONMS. Information on the number and types of visitors to Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary is needed to inform management decisions. A ...

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 ...

NCCOS Helps Military with Long-term Resiliency at ...

NCCOS's expertise in salt marsh response to sea level rise helped inform the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) on the best strategies for ecosystem-based management at U.S. Marine Corps Base ...

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 ...

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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