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A Baseline Assessment of the Ecological Resources of Jobos Bay, Puerto Rico.

Author(s): Whitall, D.R., B.M. Costa, L.J. Bauer, A. Dieppa, and S.D. Hile

NCCOS Center: CCMA (

Center Team: COAST

Name of Publisher: NOAA

Place of Publication: Silver Spring, MD

Publication Type: NOAA Technical Memoranda

Date of Publication: 2011

Reference Information: NOS NCCOS 133

Extent of Work: 188 pp.

Abstract: This baseline assessment of Jobos Bay and surrounding marine ecosystems consists of a two part series. The first report (Zitello et al., 2008) described the characteristics of the Bay and its watershed, including modeling work related to nutrients and sediment fluxes, based on existing data. The second portion of this assessment, presented in this document, presents the results of new field studies conducted to fill data gaps identified in previous studies, to provide a more complete characterization of Jobos Bay and the surrounding coral reef ecosystems. Specifically, the objective was to establish baseline values for the distribution of habitats, nutrients, contaminants, fish, and benthic communities. This baseline assessment is the first step in evaluating the effectiveness in changes in best management practices in the watershed.

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