Coral Reef NOAA
 
July 25, 2014  

How We Work


 
 

Measuring Success
Accomplishments
Activities
Funding

Measuring Success

The CRCP Roadmap for the Future called for the development of a suite of performance measures and evaluation criteria to track progress toward addressing three key threats to coral reef ecosystems – impacts of climate change, fishing, and land-base sources of pollution. Based on the NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program Goals and Objectives 2010-2015, specific performance measures were developed to track on-the-ground outcomes. In May 2010, the new CRCP Performance Measures were approved by the Senior Management Council and in May 2011 a CRCP Performance Measures Manual (pdf, 2.19 mb) was completed to assist CRCP Project Managers ensure the results of their work contributes to the new measures and that they understand the process to report the results of their work. The performance measures are listed in the tables below; the CRCP goals listed in the first column of each table reference goals laid out in the NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program Goals and Objectives 2010-2015.

Performance Measures for CRCP Climate Change Goals

CRCP Fishing Impacts Goal CRCP Performance Measure Type of Performance Measure Reporting Level
C1. Increase coral reef resilience to climate change and ocean acidification through effective management strategies 1. Number of new or enhanced tools implemented to improve management preparedness and response to climate change and ocean acidification Output Internal (Annual)
C2. Identify, understand, and communicate risks and vulnerability of U.S. coral reef ecosystems, ecosystem services, and dependent human communities to climate change and ocean acidification 1. Percent of CRCP management partners utilizing comprehensive climate risk/vulnerability assessments to inform their planning processes for coral reef management Output Internal (Periodic)
2. Number of acres of coral reefs identified as less vulnerable to climate change and effectively conserved Output/ Outcome Internal/OMB (Annual)
3. Percent of jurisdictional residents who are aware of climate change impacts to coral reefs Output Internal (Periodic)
C3. Enhance strategic management of coral reef ecosystems through improved and applied understanding, forecasts, and projections of climate change and ocean acidification impacts 1. Number of new or enhanced tools implemented to improve management preparedness and response to climate change and ocean acidification Output Internal (Annual)
2. Accuracy of models/forecasts regarding climate change impacts to coral reefs Output Internal (Annual)
C4. Support management efforts to increase survivorship of coral reef species and enhance reef resilience by evaluating and implementing promising intervention strategies that directly reduce climate change and ocean acidification impacts 1. Number of intervention strategies developed to reduce climate change and ocean acidification impacts in priority coral reef areas Output Internal (Annual)

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Performance Measures for CRCP Fishing Impacts Goals

CRCP Fishing Impacts Goal CRCP Performance Measure Type of Performance Measure Reporting Level
F1. Increase the abundance and average size of key coral reef fishery species to protect trophic structure and biodiversity and improve coral ecosystem condition

1. Stable or increasing biomass (g/m2) of key taxa in areas outside of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)

Outcome Internal (Periodicl)
F2. Support effective implementation and management of marine protected areas (MPAs) and ecological networks of MPAs that protect key coral reef ecosystem components and functions 1. Stable or increasing biomass (g/m2) of key taxa in MPAs Outcome OMB (Periodic)
2. Increase in management effectiveness of priority coral reef MPAs, measured using the CRCP MPA Management Assessment Checklist Outcome OMB (Periodic)
3. Number of acres of coral reefs effectively conserved within designated MPAs Output OMB (Annual)
F3. Increase stakeholder engagement and capacity to improve local compliance with and enforcement of fisheries management regulations that further coral reef ecosystem conservation

1. Percent of jurisdictional residents who have observed non-compliance with local fisheries management regulations

Output

Internal (Periodic)

F4. Utilize locally relevant education and communication strategies to increase public and policy maker understanding of fishing impacts in coral reef ecosystems and support effective management options 1. Percent of jurisdictional residents who support management approaches including MPAs that reduce fishing impacts to coral reefs Outcome Internal (Periodic)

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Performance Measures for CRCP Land-based Sources of Pollution Goals

CRCP LBSP Impacts Goal CRCP Performance Measure Type of Performance Measure Reporting Level
L1. Reduce pollutant loading from watersheds to priority coral reef ecosystems 1. Number of watersheds with completed and approved integrated watershed management plans (WMPs) or Conservation Action Plans (CAPs) Output OMB (Annual)
2. Number of projects completed from approved WMPs or CAPs to reduce LBSP in priority coral reef areas Output OMB (Annual)
3. Stable or decreasing total suspended solids (metric tons/year) measured in target watersheds Outcome OMB (Periodic)
L2. Promote in-water management activities to restore priority coral reef ecosystems that have been adversely impacted by accumulated sediments, nutrients, and algae 1. Stable or improving coral demographics (recruitment, size frequency, mortality) in priority coral reef areas  Outcome Internal (Periodic)
2. Number of in-water restoration projects implemented in degraded coral reef ecosystems to reduce accumulated sediments, nutrients, and algae Output Internal (Annual)
L3. Build and sustain management capacity at the local level through local, state, regional, and federal coordination of financial, institutional, and human resources to reduce and prevent the impacts from LBSP on coral reef ecosystems

1. Number of active partnerships established with local, state/territory, federal and/or non-governmental organizations with a common goal to reduce LBSP impacts in priority coral reefs areas

Output

Internal (Annual)

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Accomplishments

Each fiscal year, the CRCP compiles a report of its major accomplishments. This section of the Website provides access to the current and archived reports. More extensive lists of accomplishments can be found in the reports to Congress on the implementation of A National Coral Reef Action Strategy: Report to Congress 2002-2003.

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Activities

The CRCP is a cross-cutting program that brings together expertise from a wide array of NOAA programs and offices. In strong partnership with coral reef managers, the CRCP works to reduce harm to, and restore the health of, coral reefs, including deep-sea corals, by addressing priority national threats and local management priorities through conservation activities.

  • CRCP funds and equips reef conservation activities by NOAA and its partners in the seven US states and jurisdictions containing coral reefs (American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Florida, Guam, Hawai`i, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands), uninhabited islands including the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands and Pacific Remote Island Areas, and internationally, including the Pacific Freely Associated States.
  • The program provides coral reef managers, scientists, and other users worldwide with information and forecasts of coral bleaching events using sea surface temperature data from satellites.
  • Citizens and government officials acting locally are our partners in improving coral reef health globally. CRCP provides information that empowers our public partners to act; for example, informative signs in coastal areas and distributing educational information to coastal businesses and the public.
  • Coral Reef Conservation Grants Programs – Between 2002 and 2009, NOAA awarded a total of over $50 million in matching grants for coral conservation projects.
  • Coral Reef Conservation Fund, administered by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, builds public-private partnerships and leveraged NOAA's $4.7 million into more than $12 million for 140 projects in 28 countries.
  • CRCP serves as the Secretariat for the US Coral Reef Task Force, which includes leaders of 12 Federal agencies, seven US states and jurisdictions, and three Freely Associated States.

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Funding

There are multiple funding mechanisms supported by, or utlized by the CRCP, for coral conservation activities. The CRCP supports two grant programs specifically for coral reef conservation activities. Information is also provided on other grant programs in NOAA that may support coral reef conservation activities.

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