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B2B Bering Sea Initiative
BA Biological Assessment
BAAP Bleaching Alert Area Product
BAC Bacterial Artificial Chromosome
BAC Boletín de Alerta Climático
BACI Before-After-Control-Impact study (HCRI)
BAHA Belize Agricultural Health Authority
BAOI Broad Area of Interest (Australia)
BAPPEDA Directory of Development Planning Board (Indonesia)
BAS Belize Audubon Society
BAS Building Automation Systems
BASKI Biology And Sensitivity Key Information (MarLIN)
BAT Best available technique (or technology)
BAT Best Available Techniques (OSPAR)
BATS Biosphere-Atmosphere Transfer Scheme
BATS Bermuda Atlantic Time-series Station
BAU Business As Usual
BAU Biodiversity Assessment Unit (IUCN-CI)
BB Bacterial Bleaching
BB Biogeography Branch (CCMA/NOAA)
BBC British Broadcasting Corporation
BBCS Bureau of Beaches and Coastal Systems (FDEP)
BBD Black-Band Disease
BBL Benthic (or Bottom) Boundary Layer
BBL Barrel
BBP Bahamas Biocomplexity Project
BBPMP Bedford Basin Plankton Monitoring Program (BIO)
BBRRS Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System
BBSR Bermuda Biological Station for Research
BBSRC Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (UK)
BC Branching Coral
BC Branched Colony
BC Brazil Current
BCC Biodiversity Conservation Center
BCC Blue Climate Coalition
BCCS Biomass CO2 Capture and Storage
BCD Buoyancy Control Device
BCDERD Broward County Development and Environmental Regulation Division
BCE Before the Common Era; Before the Christian Era
BCEF Bioconcentration Factor
BCEPD Broward County Environmental Protection Department
BCEPGMD Broward County Environmental Protection and Growth Management Department
BCES Belize Center for Environmental Studies
BCF Bureau of Commercial Fisheries (now NMFS)
BCF Billion Cubic Feet
BChl bacteriochlorophyll
BCIS Biodiversity Conservation Information System
BCLME Benguela Current Large Marine Ecosystem
BCLME Benguela Current Large Marine Ecosystem
BCMCA British Columbia Marine Conservation Analysis
BCMEC British Columbia Marine Ecological Classification
BCMR Bacalar Chico Marine Reserve (Belize)
BCO-DMO Biological and Chemical Oceanography-Data Management Office (WHOI)
BD Beach Drift
BD-EF Biodiversity-Ecosystem Functioning
BDC Biodiversity Committee (OSPAR)
BDC Brewer-Dobson circulation
BDL Below Detection Limit
BEAR Benthic Ecosystem Assessment and Research (SEFSC/NOAA)
BEF Biodiversity on Ecosystem Functioning
BEM Benthic Ecology Meeting
BENE Biodiversity and Ecosystems Network
BENEFIT Benguela Environment Fisheries Interaction and Training
BEP Best Environmental Practice (OSPAR)
BERC Bahamas Environmental Research Center
BES British Ecological Society
BESC Bioenergy Science Center (DOE)
BEST Bahamas Environment, Science and Technology Commission
BEST Bering Ecosystem Study
BET Big Eye Tuna
BF Bleaching Factor
BFAR Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (Philippines)
BFE Base Flood Elevation
BFIs Bilateral Finance Institutions
BFOP Bottom Fish Observer Program
BGC Biological Grouping Code (NOAA)
BGM Box Geometry
BHF Blue Hole Foundation, Bahamas
BHS Bird’s Head Seascape (Indonesia)
BHV Benthic Habitat Viewer (NOAA)
BI BirdLife International
BIBI Benthic Index of Biological Integrity
BIC Bayesian Information Criterion
BICA Bay Islands Conservation Association
BIISC Big Island Invasive Species Committee (Hawaii)
BIN Biodiversity Information Network
BINM Buck Island National Monument
BIO Bedford Institute of Oceanography (Canada)
BIO Biological Oceanography Committee (PICES)
Bio-Rad Bio-Rad Fluor-S MultiImager
BioCISE Biological Collection Information Service in Europe
BioEco Work Group on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Informatics
BIOMapper St. John Biogeography Integrated Online Mapper
BIOMARE MARine BIOdiversity Research Network in Europe
BiOp Biological Opinion
BIOS Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences
BIOS Bacteriology Insight Orienting System
BiOSA Biophysical Oceanographic Sensor Array
BIOSC Biological Observations, Specimens and Collections gateway
BIOT British Indian Ocean Territory
BIRNM Buck Island Reef National Monument
BIS Biodiversity Information Standards (also TDWG)
BISC Biscayne National Park
BISTRP Buck Island Sea Turtle Research Program
BIWI Bermuda Inshore Waters Investigation (BIOS)
BLAST Basic Local Alignment Search Tool
BLG Biodiversity Liaison Group
BLGU Barangay Local Government Unit
BLNR Board of Land and Natural Resources
BLP Boundary Layer Profiler
BM Bushy Macroalgae
BMA Branching Macroalgae
BMDO Ballistic Missile Defense Organization (DoD)
BMFL Baruch Marine Field Laboratory
BMNS Bishop Museum of Natural Sciences
BMP Best Management Practices
BMP Bonaire Marine Park
BMPs Best Management Practices
BMR Bureau of Budget Management and Research (Guam)
BMR Bureau of Marine Resources (Palau)
BMT Barbados Marine Trust
BMU Beach Management Unit (Kenya)
BMU Bioerosion Monitoring Unit
BMU Bioerosion Monitoring Unit
BMUS Bottomfish Management Unit Species
BNCRMN Belize National Coral Reef Monitoring Network
BNDO Bureau National des Donnees Oceaniques (France)
BNHS Bombay Natural History Society
BNL Brookhaven National Laboratory
BNL Benthic Nepheloid Layer
BNM Belau National Museum
BNMP Bonaire National Marine Park
BNP Bazaruto National Park (Mozambique)
BNP Biscayne National Park
BNT Bahamas National Trust
BO Biological Opinion
BOBP Bay of Bengal Program
BOD Biological/Biochemical Oxygen Demand
BOD Biological Oxygen Demand
BODC British Oceanographic Data Centre
BOE Bureau of Ocean Energy (formerly MMS)
BOEM Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
BOEMRE Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement (DOI)
BOFFF Big Old Fat Fertile Female
BOFS Biogeochemical Ocean Flux Study
BOGCM Climate Change Education Partnership
BOLD Barcode of Life Database(or System)
BoM Bureau of Meteorology (Australia)
BOMAP Barbados Oceanographic and Meteorological Analysis Project (NOAA)
BON Biodiversity Observation Network
BOP Budget Operating Plan(NOAA)
BOPD Barrels of Oil Per Day
BOTC Basic Officer Training Course (NOAA)
BotCam Bottom Camera Station
BotCam Bottomfish Video Camera
BOW Becoming an Outdoors-Woman
BP Building and Permits
BP Before Present Time
bp base pairs
BP Biodiversity Project
BP British Petroleum
BPA Belize Port Authority
BPA Benthic Protected Area
BPAs Benthic Protected Areas
BPBM Bernice P. Bishop Museum
BPheo Bacteriopheophytin
BPI Bathymetric Position Index
BPOA Barbados Programme of Action (for the Sustainable Development of Small Island States)
BPP Best Permitting Practices
BPPT Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (Indonesia)
BPR Bottom Pressure Recorder
BrB Brown Band
BrBD Brown Band Disease
BRC Biological Resource Center
BRCAS Biodiversity Research Centre, Academia Sinica, Taiwan
BRD Bycatch Reduction Device
BREAM Bermuda Reef Ecosystem Assessment and Mapping Programme
BREEF Bahamas Reef Environmental Educational Foundation
BREEF Bahamas Reef Environment Education Foundation
BRFA Bottomfish Restricted Fishing Area
BRI Boca Raton Inlet
BRNR Buccoo Reef Nature Reserve
BRS Boston Reefers Society
BRS Bocas del Toro Research Station (STRI)
BRT Biological Review Team
BRT Buccoo Reef Trust
BRT Bycatch Reduction Technology
BRTF Blue Ribbon Task Force (USA)
BRUVS Baited Remote Underwater Video Station
BS Beach Sample
BS Bird Sanctuary
BSAI Bering Sea Aleutian Islands
BSF Build Sustainable Fisheries
BSHCA Bering Sea Habitat Conservation Area
BSP Guam Bureau of Statistics and Plans
BSP Bureau of Statistics and Plans (Guam)
BSPA Baltic Sea Protected Area
BSR Bottom Simulating Reflection
BSRS Brazilian Society for Reef Studies
BSSE Bismarck Solomon Seas Ecoregion
BT Bathythermograph
BT Bottom Time
BTA Bubble Tip Anemone
BTEX Benzene, Toluene and Xylene compounds
BTG Bottom-Tending Gear
BTM Benthic Terrain Modeler
BTML Banyan Tree Marine Laboratory
BTN Bahamas National Trust
BTS Brown Tree Snake
Btu British Thermal Unit
BU Bangor University [Wales/UK)
BU Bournemouth University (UK)
Buck Island NWR Buck Island National Wildlife Refuge
BUIS Buck Island Reef National Monument
BVI British Virgin Islands
BVIHCG British Virgin Islands Heritage Conservation Group (BVI)
BVINPT British Virgin Islands National Parks Trust
BVM Biological Valuation Mapping
BWET Bay Watershed Education and Training (NOAA)
BYA Billion Years Ago
BZS Bermuda Zoological Society