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These posters, with the exception of the Hawaiian Fish Species poster, were created to celebrate International Year of the Reef 2008 (IYOR 2008). Each poster image is accompanied by a summary of the text on the poster, or a description of the poster. Click on the image to download a PDF of the poster.
International Year of the Reef 2008
IYOR 2008 is a worldwide campaign to raise awareness about the value and importance of coral reefs and threats to their sustainability, and to motivate people to take action to protect them. All individuals, corporations, governments, schools and organizations are welcome and actively encouraged to participate in IYOR 2008.
This poster also includes a list of things you can do to protect coral reefs and the reasons why you should.
International Year of the Reef 2008: Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Coral Food Web
This poster visually depicts the coral reef food web in the Northern Mariana Islands.
This poster also includes labels for each species depicted and a description of how symbiotic algae within coral polyps play into the food web.
Every Act Counts: Long-lasting Light Bulbs are a Bright Idea
If every household in the US replaced a burned-out bulb with an energy-efficient, ENERGY STAR-qualified compact fluorescent bulb, it would prevent greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to that from at least 800,000 cars. Climate change is one of the leading threats to coral reef survival, so let your conservation light shine.
Every Act Counts: Corals are Already a Gift, Don't Give Them as Presents
Corals are popular as souvenirs, for home decor and in costume jewelry, yet corals are living animals that eat, grow and reproduce. It takes corals decades or longer to create reef structures, so leave corals and other marine life on the reef.
Every Act Counts: It Stinks to Send Chemicals into Our Waterways
The chemicals we use to clean our houses and beautify our lawns end up in our waterways and are carried to the oceans. Just one pound of phosphorus in water produces an estimated five hundred pounds of algae, blocking sunlight and starving coral reefs.
Do your part by using naturally-derived and biodegradable detergents and cleaning products. Outside the house, minimize the impacts of fertilizer by using zero-phosphorus products or no more than one pound per 1,000 square feet of turf area for nitrogen (you need just half that amount in shade).
Every Act Counts: Don't Drag the Reef into This
Use reef mooring buoys when available. Or, anchor in sandy areas away from coral and sea grasses so that anchor and chain do not drag on nearby corals or tear up sea grass beds. Once broken, corals can take decades or longer to redevelop, and a damaged reef is less able to provide food, habitat and shoreline protection.
Every Act Counts: The Ocean Floor is Not a Dance Floor
Coral reefs are alive. Stirred-up sediment can smother corals, and each inch of reef can take decades to redevelop once broken. Divers and snorkelers can do their part by maintaining proper buoyancy control, never touching reefs and spreading the word about coral reef stewardship.
Hawaiian Fish Species Actual Reproductive Size
This poster represents the L-50, or length at which approximately half of a fish species has mature reproductive organs, for 29 species of fish found in Hawai'i. Larger fish should be released to continue spawning; larger, older females produce many more eggs than their smaller counterparts.
What are Coral Reefs?
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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