Please note that some content included in this collection is no longer maintained and that some links may no longer work.
The resources listed provide an introduction and background on a variety of issues that relate to coral reefs and other marine resources.
Each resource is available as a pdf download in the table below. Supplemental materials are also identified and linked for select resources.
|The State of Coral Reef Ecosystems of the United States and Pacific Freely Associated States: 2008||A comprehensive assessment of all coral reef ecosystems under US jurisdiction in the Caribbean, Keys, Gulf, and Pacific regions. This report to Congress contains maps, a National Summary, threats and conservation efforts (578 pgs.) Note: use bookmarks in PDF to access individual chapters.||NOAA|
|Corals Roadmap||A listing of online resources aimed to guide students and educators to various coral topics to explore more in-depth: includes coral biology, deep water coral, images, and maps.||NOAA|
|Coral Tutorial*||A tutorial with over 50 pages that presents an introduction to corals, their life cycle, symbiotic relationship to zooxanthellae, the importance of coral reefs and threats. * Selected by NSTA science educators||NOAA|
|CoRIS Coral Glossary||An illustrated list of over 3,000 scientific/ technical terms relating to the marine environment. Note: Use 'control+F' when searching within PDF. For the most up-to-date glossary listings, click here.||NOAA|
|Deep Sea Corals||An introduction to deep sea corals, their distribution worldwide and also within the U.S.; highlights species, related communities and the many threats they face.||Oceana|
|Deep Sea Life: On the Edge of the Abyss||Presents deep sea ecosystems, including hydrothermal vents, sea mounts. This booklet covers the threats presented by trawling, pollution and oil extraction.||Oceana|
|Deep Sea Floor Ecosystems of New England & the Mid-Atlantic||Presents the deep sea floor ecosystem of New England and the mid-Atlantic, including the New England seamount chain, canyons, threats and conservation.||Oceana|
|Deep Sea Trawl Fisheries of the Southeast & Gulf U.S. Regions||Overview of the trawl fisheries in the southeast and gulf regions of the U.S., with emphasis on rock shrimp, royal red shrimp and Calico scallops.||Oceana|
|Get Involved||A guide to beach and underwater clean ups.||Project AWARE|
|Implementation of the National Coral Reef Action Strategy: 2008||This Report to Congress provides background on the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force and progress of Federal agencies and jurisdictions between 2004-2006 in the study and protection of U.S. coral reefs. Note: Executive Summary only - click here to access resources of the full report or individual chapters.||NOAA|
|Marine Aquarium Trade||Presents the collecting of tropical fish for aquaria and the certification process of the Marine Aquarium Council (MAC).||Marine Aquarium Council|
|Protecting Hawai`i's Ocean Treasures||This 24-page insert offers information on humpback whales and the diverse coral reef ecosystems found in Hawai'i. Includes a humpback whale migration game and more.||NOAA|
|State of the Science: Ocean Acidification||A two-page document that summarizes what we now know (as of May 2008) on the emerging topic of ocean acidification.||NOAA|