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July 25, 2014  

2010 Featured Stories Archive


 

December

image of crochet coral from the Smithsonian Community Reef exhibit.  The 'coral' in shades of white depicts dead coral and more colorful examples on the photo edges depict living coral.  All individual 'corals' shown contain hyperbolic shapes. Crochet Coral Reef Exhibit at Smithsonian Sant Ocean Hall

A colorful crocheted reef is currently on display at the National Museum of Natural History, October 16, 2010 – April 24, 2011. A portion of the exhibit was created by local DC-metropolitan area crafters from all walks of life.

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November

A combination of two images: left image: the Jason II submersible being lowered into the water from a ship-board crane. right image: close up of a researcher's hands as they sort samples of fish and invertebrates collected during the mission NOAA Scientists Go to Extremes to Study Deep-Sea Coral

NOAA scientists return from a 15-day expedition to explore previously uncharted deep-sea coral ecosystems off the Florida coast.

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An underwater image two divers monitoring a reef in Hawaii Cruise Monitors Coral Reef Ecosystems of Main Hawaiian Islands

NOAA Scientists return from 30-day mission to monitor coral reef ecosystems in the Main Hawaiian Islands.

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October

a bathymetric map (colors delineating depth) of the area near Reef Runway off Honolulu International Airport, mapped in December 2010 Mapping Important Coral Reef Resources in Kaneohe Bay, HI

Although Kāne`ohe Bay is an important and heavily populated management area, it had not been completely mapped using modern shallow-water survey methods previously. Mapping this region helped fill a prominent data gap.

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September

Acropora table coral at French Frigate Shoals in the Northwest Hawaiian Islandsl Cruise Monitors Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument

NOAA scientists and their partners left Honolulu on September 5 aboard the NOAA Ship Hi`ialakai for a 26-day Pacific Reef Assessment and Monitoring Program cruise in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. They will survey benthic and fish populations and deploy and retrieve scientific instruments.

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August

Round coral head affected by black band disease. The top of the coral head (white) is dead, the diseased tissue appears as a black band towards the middle, and the bottom is healthy brownish yellow tissue. Coral Disease Linked to Both Summer and Winter Water Temps

For the first time, NOAA scientists and Australian colleagues have linked mild water temperatures during the preceding winter period with outbreaks of coral diseases. In the past, only unusually warm water temperatures were thought to increase the susceptibility of coral to disease outbreaks.

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July

school of Hawaiian squirrelfish (red fish with thin white stripes) sheltering in coral Hawai'i Coral Monument Designated as World Heritage Site

On July 31, the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands was designated as a World Hertiage Site. It is the nation's first site designated for its outstanding value as both a natural and cultural heritage site.

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June

NOAA Coral Reef Watch bleaching outlook for the Indian Ocean and Coral Triangle region. Current SE Asia Bleaching Event and Response

CRCP scientists have joined an international team of researchers to assess the ecological, social, and economic impacts on sites and communities from the current coral bleaching event in the greater Coral Triangle region.

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Macro image of Lophelia pertusa photographed during the 2008 USGS DISCOVRE cruise. Expedition Explores West Coast Deep-sea Coral Habitats

NOAA’s Deep Sea Coral Program, under the auspices of the CRCP, is conducting a month-long expedition exploring deep-sea corals off the US West Coast in and around four national marine sanctuaries.

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screen capture of the BIOMapper tool showing benthic habitat maps for a region of Vieques overlayed with the map key NOAA Unveils New Mapping Tool for Vieques

The Vieques Biogeography Integrated Online Mapper (BIOMapper) provides managers and scientists with improved access to NOAA's coral reef data.

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May

Oil on the surface of the water in the Gulf of Mexico near the Deepwater Horizon spill. Coral Reefs and Oil Spills

In response to concerned interest about oil spill impacts on corals and coral reefs, NOAA has put together some relevant general information and provided a link to current response actions and impacts from the recent Deepwater Horizon event.

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April

An underwater nursery was established as part of a Recovery Act project with the goal of restoring threatened Acropora corals in Florida and USVI reefs.  These nursery-grown coral fragments are being cleaned. NOAA Celebrates Earth Week at Coral Restoration Sites

In celebration of the 40th Earth Day, NOAA leadership will visit two coral reef restoration projects funded by NOAA as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. These projects restore reefs in Florida, the USVI, and Hawai`i by growing coral for restoration and by removing invasive algae.

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An underwater image of live pink coral. The coral looks like the veins in a partially decomposed leaf. CITES Vote Falls Short for Red and Pink Coral Protection

At a major meeting on international trade in endangered species in March, participating nations failed to pass increased protections for red and pink coral that would have limited trade to legally and sustainably harvested coral and coral products.

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March

Coral Mapping Cruise Targets US Caribbean

NOAA scientists return to the US Caribbean to map the seafloor and study the coral reef ecosystems and fish habitats of the region.

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The picture is composed of three images.  Left: Live Corallium (bushy red coral with lighter tips) growing upside down on a rock outrcopping in the deep-sea. Top right: Corallium being harvested.  Before polishing, it looks reddish orange and chalky. Bottom right: Red jewelry made of polished Corallium on display in a jewelry case. Corallidae: In the Red

At a major meeting on international trade in endangered species this month, participating nations will make a final decision whether to support improved protections for red and pink coral.

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February

advertising postcard for this podcast.  card features a photo of a diver swimming above a colorful reef and an info block with podcast title and episode date Podcast: Value of Coral Reefs

Kacky Andrews, Program Manager of the Coral Reef Conservation Program, recently sat down to do an interview about the value of coral reefs. This interview is part of NOAA's National Ocean Service podcast, Diving Deeper.

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January

screen capture of the BIOMapper tool showing image from a video overlayed with benthic habitat maps for a region of St. John Florida Responds to Cold Weather Bleaching

A recent cold snap has sent Florida's water temperatures below the threshold corals can tolerate and has caused bleaching and mortality. Response efforts by Florida agencies and organizations are ongoing.

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NOAA diver waves to camera during reef survey in the Pacific Research Cruise Monitors Reefs in US Pacific

Reef Assessment and Monitoring Program cruises are conducted biennially to monitor the condition of coral reefs throughout the Pacific. See what is planned for the current research mission.

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