NOAA recognizes the deterioration of coral reef ecosystems globally and is committed to intervening in US reefs where it has the authority to act and support, and to promoting the restoration and intervention of reefs worldwide. Given the accelerating pace of threats to reef ecosystems, it is clear that effective and timely interventions will need to be judiciously applied.
In response to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine study on coral interventions, NOAA developed an action plan. The NOAA Action Plan on Coral Interventions will guide how NOAA approaches coral interventions in the next one to three years. The plan encompasses four actions for NOAA: (1) research and test priority interventions, (2) develop local or regional structured decision support, (3) review policy implications of coral interventions, and (4) invest in infrastructure, research, and coordination.
We still have the capacity to save coral reefs from their current trajectories but this requires accelerated rates of research and innovation, as well as increased and sustained investment. Coordinated bodies of scientists, governmental officials, and other stakeholders will be critical in identifying which blend of conventional management and interventions will maximize their local reefs' ability to persist considering budget, local buy-in, and policy.
Citation: Vardi, T., T. L. Rankin, T. Oliver, A. Moulding, F. Parrish, T. Moore, I. Enochs, T. S. Viehman, and J.L. Koss. 2020. NOAA Action Plan on Coral Interventions. NOAA Tech. Memo. NMFS-F/SPO-208, 13 p. https://doi.org/10.25923/weyp-fy32
Appearing as solitary forms in the fossil record more than 400 million years ago, corals are extremely ancient animals that evolved into modern reef-building forms over the last 25 million years. Continue Reading →
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The NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP) is a partnership between the NOAA Line Offices that work on coral reef issues: the National Ocean Service, the National Marine Fisheries Service, the Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, and the National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service. The CRCP brings together expertise from across NOAA for a multidisciplinary approach to managing and understanding coral reef ecosystems.
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