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An NCCOS diver conducts a fish transect census in a field of sea fans, sea plumes, and sea whips off the coast of La Parguera, Puerto Rico.

Science provides the foundation for making wise decisions about the use of our ocean and coastal resources. At the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS), scientists are conducting and supporting the research, monitoring, and assessment needed to help manage coastal ecosystems and society’s use of them.

NCCOS is composed of five centers and two research labs. Work at these locations is focused on four different areas:

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