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Coral reef condition: A status report for Florida's coral reef

Erica Towle, Erick Geiger, Jay Grove, Sarah Groves, Shay Viehman, Matthew Johnson, Jeremiah Blondeau, Jennifer Stein, Matt Gorstein, Amanda Borque, Alejandro Acosta, Meaghan Johnson, Mike Feeley, Francisco Pagan, Lauri MacLaughlin, Kathryn Lohr, Caitlin Lustic, Karen Bohnsack, Jim Bohnsack, Derek Manzello, Ian Enochs, Jennifer Koss, Kimberly Edwards, Peter Edwards, Andy Bruckner, Sara Thanner, Jennifer Herbig, Kelly Montenero, Dana Wusinich-Mendez, Kurtis Gregg, Chris Kelble, Tom Moore, Leanne Rutten, Philip Kramer, Pat Quinn, Erick Ault, Jerald Ault, Sarah Fangman, Chloe Fleming, David Gilliam, Kirk Kilfoyle, Brian Walker, Diego Lirman. ·
14 May 2020

Effective coral reef conservation cannot be accomplished without an informed and engaged public. This status report is part of an ongoing series of documents to track the status and trends of coral reefs across the U.S. and its territories. Florida's Coral Reef status report is part of a larger effort to provide the public and decision-makers with information about managing and conserving coral reef ecosystems.

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Coral reef condition: A status report for Puerto Rico (Page 1)

Coral reef condition: A status report for Puerto Rico

Antares Alvarez, Eileen Alicea, Helena Antoun, Jeremiah Blondeau, Ernesto Diaz, Caroline Donovan, Kimberly Edwards, Peter Edwards, Ian Enochs, Tania Metz Estrella, Chloe Fleming, Nate Formel, Reni Garcia, Erick Geiger, Matt Gorstein, Melissa Gonzalez, Sean Griffin, Jay Grove, Sarah Groves, Miguel Figuerola Hernandez, Matthew Johnson, Chris Jeffrey, Aurora Justiniano-Santos, Heath Kelsey, Nilda Jimenez Marrero, Derek Manzello, Nathan Miller, Michael Nemeth, Hector Ruiz, Jorge Sabater, Erica Towle, Orian Tzadik, Michelle Schärer-Umpierre, Shay Viehman, Ernesto Weil, and Stacey Williams. ·
14 May 2020

Effective coral reef conservation cannot be accomplished without an informed and engaged public. This status report is part of an ongoing series to track the status and trends of coral reefs across the U.S. and its territories. The Puerto Rico coral reef status report is part of a larger effort to provide communities and decision-makers with information about managing and conserving coral reef ecosystems.

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Coral reef condition: A status report for the Flower Garden Banks (Page 1)

Coral reef condition: A status report for the Flower Garden Banks

This status report is a joint product of NOAA's Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP), Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, and the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. Science communication, design, and layout by Nathan Miller, Caroline Donovan, Heath Kelsey, Max Hermanson, and Annie Carew. March 2020. ·
14 May 2020

Effective coral reef conservation cannot be accomplished without an informed and engaged public. This status report is part of an ongoing series of documents to track the status and trends of coral reefs across the U.S. and its territories. The Flower Garden Banks coral reef status report is part of a larger effort to provide the public and decision-makers with information that helps us manage and conserve coral reef ecosystems.

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Coral reef condition: A status report for the U.S. Virgin Islands (Page 1)

Coral reef condition: A status report for the U.S. Virgin Islands

Jeremiah Blondeau, Marilyn Brandt, Mark Eakin, Kimberly Edwards, Kitty Edwards, Peter Edwards, Ian Enochs, Mike Feeley, Chloe Fleming, Nate Formel, Erick Geiger, Matt Gorstein, Jay Grove, Sarah Groves, Leslie Henderson, Marlon Hibbert, Nathaniel Holloway, Matt Johnson, Thomas Kelley, Heath Kelsey, Jennifer Koss, Derek Manzello, Caroline Pott, Tyler Smith, Erica Towle, Shay Viehman. ·
14 May 2020

Effective coral reef conservation cannot be accomplished without an informed and engaged public. This status report is part of an ongoing series of documents to track the status and trends of coral reefs across the U.S. and its territories. The USVI coral status report is part of a larger effort to provide the public and decision-makers with information about managing and conserving coral reef ecosystems.

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Towards integrated reporting for Darwin Harbour (Page 1)

Towards integrated reporting for Darwin Harbour

Darwin Harbour Report Card Stakeholder Workshop Summary

Brianne Walsh, Bill Dennison, Simon Costanzo ·
11 May 2020

This newsletter summarizes outputs from the initial stakeholder workshop to develop an integrated assessment for Darwin Harbour. The workshop took place on the week of 16 March 2020 in Darwin, Australia. Stakeholders from government, industry, academia, indigenous communities, and NGO’s gathered in Darwin to identify values. The workshop included meeting with members of the indigenous community, held outdoors at Wagait Beach.

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2019 Gulf of Mexico Coral Reef Preliminary Report Card (Page 1)

2019 Gulf of Mexico Coral Reef Preliminary Report Card

Nuno Simões, Jennifer Pollack, Fernando Bretos TOF, Erica K. Towle NOAA, Shay Viehman, Matthew Johnson, Joaquín Rodrigo Garza Pérez, Armando Carmona, Lorenzo Álvarez Filip, Horacio Pérez España, Cristobal Cáceres G. Cantón C, Luis Quijano, Alfonso Aguilar Perera, Melania López Castro, A.C., Eduardo Amir Cuevas, Enrique Montes Herrera, Julia Azanza Ricardo, Gustavo Arencibia, Patricia González-Díaz, Dorka Cobián Rojas, Juliett González Méndez, Andrea Rivera Sosa, Luis Alcántara Organizing team, Ulsía Urrea Mariño, Ixel Osorio, Alberto Guerra, Daniel Martínez Hernandez ·
20 March 2020

The Gulf of Mexico is one of the most diverse and productive ecosystems in the world. Its coral reefs are biological diverse habitats, of high cultural and economic significance. This report card was developed during a workshop held in Merida, Yucatan in November, 2019. It outlines potential indicators of coral reef ecosystem health, perceived conditions of the reefs in the Gulf of Mexico, and next steps for developing a quantitative assessment of Gulf of Mexico coral reef ecosystems.

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2020 Verde River Watershed Report Card (Page 1)

2020 Verde River Watershed Report Card

Andrew Elmore, Alexandra Fries, Emily Nastase, Heath Kelsey ·
18 February 2020

Watershed report cards are powerful tools to describe ecosystem status, increase public awareness, and inform and influence decision makers to improve the health of a watershed. This is the first Verde River Watershed Report Card. It is the collective effort of dozens of stakeholders throughout the Verde watershed. Indicators in the report card were selected to assess the health of three different values in the Verde watershed: Water, Habitat, and Communities.

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Using macroalgal bioindicators to map nutrient plumes from fish farms and other sources at a bay-wide scale (Page 1)

Using macroalgal bioindicators to map nutrient plumes from fish farms and other sources at a bay-wide scale

Howarth LM, Filgueira R, Jiang D, Koepke H, Frame MK, Buchwald C, Finnis S, Chopin T, Costanzo SD, Grant J ·
2019

Human activities can elevate coastal levels of dissolved inorganic nitrogen (DIN). As macroalgae readily absorb and accumulate DIN, the elemental (total N and C:N ratio) composition of their tissues is less affected by temporal fluctuations compared to more direct measures of DIN concentration. Additionally, their isotopic (δ15N) composition can reflect that of the source, which could potentially be used to identify between multiple effluent sources.

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Moving beyond the ecosystem in ecosystem health report cards (Page 1)

Moving beyond the ecosystem in ecosystem health report cards

Laumann KM, Nastase EA, Vargas-Nguyen V, Kelsey RH, Carew A, Donovan EC, Fries AS, Spitzer SE, and Dennison WC ·
2019

Early ecosystem health report cards focused on assessing the health of natural ecosystems, producing a “snapshot” of ecosystem health at one point in time. Ecosystem health report cards are used to guide efforts that improve ecosystem health through natural resources manage- ment and stakeholder engagement. Common themes among Report Cards include water quality and quantity and habitat. These indicators are not strictly environmental concerns, though.

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