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Baseline Assessment of Guánica Bay, Puerto Rico in Support of Watershed Restoration.

Author(s): Whitall, D., L.J. Bauer, C. Sherman, K. Edwards, A. Mason, T. Pait, and C. Caldow.

NCCOS Center: CCMA (

Center Team: COAST

Name of Publisher: NOAA

Place of Publication: Silver Spring, MD

Publication Type: NOAA Technical Memoranda

Date of Publication: 2013

Reference Information: NOAA Technical Memorandum NOS NCCOS 176

Extent of Work: 169 pp.

Abstract: This document presents a comprehensive overview of results from a recent baseline assessment of Guánica Bay, Puerto Rico and its surrounding coral reef ecosystem. The report details: (1) a biogeographic assessment of the coral reef ecosystem outside the bay; (2) contaminant (e.g., PAHs, PCBs, pesticides, heavy metals) magnitudes and distributions in surface sediments (inside the bay, outside the bay and in the watershed streams) and in coral tissues (mustard hill coral, Porites astreoides); and (3) spatial and temporal patterns in sedimentation rates and surface water nutrient concentrations. The efforts discussed here were led by the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS), with significant participation from partners, both internal to NOAA (e.g., Coral Reef Conservation Program) and external to NOAA (e.g., University of Puerto Rico). NCCOS has been proactive in collaborating with other NOAA line offices as well as federal, state and nongovernmental organization partners to maximize costsharing efforts and reach its goals. Their efforts and extramural funding has made it possible to complete areas that would have otherwise been unobtainable through federal funding alone.

Availability: Online.

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