Coral Reef NOAA
May 26, 2016  

PSA Posters

This Public Service Announcement Poster Project was designed to create a public affinity for the long-term conservation of coral reefs and to educate reef tourists and user groups. The Poster Project incorporates billboards and bus-stop posters, as well as "duratrans" and "spectaculars" (images displayed in international airports), in Washington, DC, Baltimore, Miami, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands. Corresponding postcards were created for many of the posters and billboards.

These outreach tools were created through a grant to the Interrelated Arts Foundation and Urban Arts Institute from the Coral Reef Conservation Fund of NOAA and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF). The NOAA-NFWF Coral Reef Conservation Fund emphasizes solutions to localized threats to coral reefs and associated habitats. Interrelated Arts Foundation is a nonprofit agency committed to visual public communications.

At this time, the CRCP has depleted its stock of these posters and postcards and has no immediate plans to reprint.

Fast Facts: US Coral Reefs
  • Cover 7,577 square miles. This is an area almost the size of Massachusetts

  • Comprise two percent of the world's reefs.

  • Include the third largest barrier reef in the world, the Florida Keys.

  • Were the driving force behind the US creation of two of the largest marine protected areas in the world: the Mariana Trench, Pacific Remote Islands and Rose Atoll Marine National Monuments (combined, protects 195,274 square miles of US waters, much of which contains coral reefs) and Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument (protects 139,797 square miles of US waters, much of which contains coral reefs)

Healthy Coral Reefs Provide:

Healthy Coral Reefs Provide Income

Income: Billions of Dollars for U.S. Economy, Millions of Jobs

Healthy coral reefs support commercial and subsistence fisheries as well as jobs and businesses through tourism and recreation. Local economies also receive billions of dollars from visitors to reefs through diving tours, recreational fishing trips, hotels, restaurants, and other businesses based near reef ecosystems.

Healthy Coral Reefs Provide Costal Protection

Coastal Protection: A Natural Storm Barrier for Homes and Beaches

The coral reef structure buffers shorelines against waves, storms and floods, helping to prevent loss of life, property damage and erosion. When reefs are damaged or destroyed, the absence of this natural barrier can increase the damage to coastal communities from normal wave action and violent storms.

Healthy Coral Reefs Provide Recreation and Habitat

Habitat: Home for 1 Million Species

Coral reefs support more species per unit area than any other marine environment, and are living museums that reflect thousands of years of history. Today, many human activities threaten these important habitats.

Healthy Coral Reefs Provide Medicines

Medicines: Treatments for Heart Disease, Cancer and HIV

Coral reefs are considered by some scientists to be the medicine cabinets of the 21st century. Coral reef plants and animals are important sources of new medicines being developed to treat cancer, arthritis, heart disease, viruses, and other diseases.

Healthy Coral Reefs Provide Medicines

Recreation: Billions of Tourist Dollars for U.S. Economy

Every year, millions of scuba divers, snorkelers and fishermen visit US coral reefs. An even larger number of tourists visit the beaches that are protected by US coral reefs. Despite their great economic and recreational value, coral reefs are threatened by pollution, disease and habitat destruction.