NOAA's Efforts to Increase Awareness of Coral Reef Ecosystems: Education and Outreach
A key element of coral reef protection is a strong outreach effort to inform the public about the value of coral reef ecosystems and how to minimize impacts to them. Effective outreach requires reliable access to and efficient sharing of information with all stakeholders. The National Action Strategy (NAS) calls for increased awareness and understanding of ecological, cultural, and socioeconomic importance of coral reef ecosystems among the widest possible audience.
The NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program supports projects that address national awareness of the issues that face coral reefs, as well as projects to promote understanding and stewardship at the local level. The CRCP also participates in and supports formal education activities that incorporate coral reefs into various classroom curricula.
A variety of coral related education materials for students and teachers are available at http://www.coralreef.noaa.gov/outreach/. Additional information on coral reef biology are can be found on this site.