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A Fish That Shapes The Reef

By Andrew E. Gray Every three years, scientists from NOAA’s Coral Reef Ecosystem Program (CREP) visit Wake Atoll to survey corals, assess the fish populations, and collect oceanographic data for a long-term monitoring effort—the Pacific Reef Assessment and Monitoring Program … Continue reading

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Why do coral reef ecosystems thrive in remote areas of the Pacific Ocean?

by Jamison Gove and Amanda Dillon The thousands of coral reef islands and atolls found across the Pacific Ocean are predominately surrounded by a biologically barren oceanic landscape. Paradoxically, the nearshore marine ecosystems around these islands and atolls are teeming … Continue reading

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