NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program

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Detailed Description

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Coral Reef Conservation Program

The program was established in 2000 by the Coral Reef Conservation Act to protect, conserve, and restore the nation's coral reefs by maintaining healthy ecosystem function. We focus on impacts from the top three recognized global threats to coral reefs:

  • Climate change (including ocean acidification)
  • Land-based sources of pollution
  • Unsustainable fishing practices

A Multidisciplinary Approach

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. We work closely with NOAA scientists in the National Ocean Service, National Marine Fisheries Service, Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, and National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service.

Collaboration is critical to coral reef conservation. We partner with state and territorial governments, academic institutions, non-governmental organizations, and community groups to take targeted approaches to local issues that impact coral reef ecosystems.


Image Dimensions: 263 x 263

Location Taken: US