Featured Archive - 2020 Publications

Below is a sampling of publications generated by NOAA's coral ecosystem activities in 2020. To access a complete list of NOAA coral ecosystem related publications, use the CoRIS Geoportal
( search tool.

Gulf of Mexico Coral Reef Report Card

The purpose of the report card is to communicate the importance of conserving coral reef habitat in the Gulf of Mexico, and the report card is available in English and Spanish. Currently, different organizations throughout the Gulf of Mexico monitor coral reef ecosystems using different methods which complicates comparisons; therefore, the report card is considered preliminary.

The effects of ultraviolet filters and sunscreen on corals and aquatic ecosystems

Many common chemicals used in sunscreen products to filter or block harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation, or UV filters, have been found to negatively impact coral reefs and other aquatic ecosystems. Perhaps the most well-known of these chemicals are oxybenzone and octinoxate, however there are a number of additional compounds contained in these products which threaten corals and other marine life. These chemicals are often carried into the ocean by those wearing sunscreen who go swimming, and are also discharged by wastewater treatment facilities.