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Implementation of the National Coral Reef Action Strategy: Report to Congress (2005)

Report to Congress (2005)
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In July 2005, NOAA, in cooperation with the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force, released a report to Congress entitled Implementation of the National Coral Reef Action Strategy: Report on the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force Activities from 2002-2003. This document is the first of the biennial progress reports required by the Coral Reef Conservation Act of 2000 and provides an update on activities undertaken to implement the National Coral Reef Action Strategy (NAS), developed in 2002.

The report summarizes Task Force members' implementation of the thirteen goals addressed in the NAS, and highlights the many accomplishments made since the NAS was developed, describing for each goal area specific programs and activities completed or underway. It also notes future challenges in addressing coral reef health issues. Below is the complete report, and individual chapters. For more information about this report please contact coralreef@noaa.gov.

Full Report (pdf, 2.6Mb)

Front Matter (pdf, 512Kb)

Introduction (pdf, 104Kb)

Chapter 1: Mapping U.S. Coral Reefs (pdf, 168Kb)

Chapter 2: Monitoring Coral Reef Health (pdf, 148Kb)

Chapter 3: Supporting Strategic Research (pdf,232Kb)

Chapter 4: Understanding Social and Economic Factors (pdf, 128Kb)

Chapter 5: Improving the Use of Marine Protected Areas (pdf, 128Kb)

Chapter 6: Reducing the Adverse Impacts of Fishing (pdf, 204Kb)

Chapter 7: Reducing the Impacts of Coastal Uses (pdf, 188Kb)

Chapter 8: Reducing Pollution (pdf, 168Kb)

Chapter 9: Restoring Damaged Reefs (pdf,212Kb)

Chapter 10: Improving Outreach and Education (pdf, 192Kb)

Chapter 11: Reducing Threats to Reefs Internationally (pdf, 140Kb)

Chapter 12: Reducing Impacts from International Trade (pdf, 216Kb)

Chapter 13: Improving Coordination and Accountability (pdf, 140Kb)

Appendix A: Federal Expenditures for U.S.
Coral Reef Task Force Conservation Activities (2002-2004)
(pdf, 52Kb)

References (pdf, 300Kb)

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