As part of ongoing efforts, the Coral Program regularly provides a summary report on its projects, partnerships, and planning process. These activities are all geared toward implementing the Coral Program's strategic plan which aims to:
Increase resilience to climate change;
Reduce land-based sources of pollution;
Improve fisheries' sustainability; and,
Restore viable coral populations.
The report covers coral reef ecosystem-related research and management activities conducted by NOAA's Coral Reef Conservation Program (the Coral Program) during Fiscal Years 2020-21 and reflects the goals and objectives of the Coral Program Strategic Plan. The Coral Program continued to adapt and respond to emerging issues, such as coral disease mitigation and restoration techniques. Some key examples include:
increased support of coral reef restoration efforts, including the Mission: Iconic Reefs effort-an unprecedented approach to restore seven iconic coral reef sites in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.
the establishment of a Coral Emergency Response Fund to aid non-federal partners in rapid response to coral reef emergency events, such as hurricane damage and severe disease outbreaks.
The Coral Program is leading efforts to study and conserve coral reef resources for current and future generations. The NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program brings together expertise from across NOAA for a multidisciplinary approach to studying these complex ecosystems to inform more effective management. For more, head over to our website.
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Storlazzi CD, Reguero BG, Cole AD, Lowe E, Shope JB, Gibbs AE, Nickel BA, McCall RT, van Dongeren AR, Beck MW. 2019. Rigorously valuing the role of U.S. coral reefs in coastal hazard risk reduction: U.S Geological Survey Open-File Report 2019-1027. 42 p.
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 →
coral reef conservation program
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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