Coral Reef NOAA
May 29, 2015  

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Reef Scene - Palau

The Coral Reefs of Palau: Nature's Amazing Underwater Cities​

Join​ ​The Nature Conservancy on a Virtual Field Trip to the Coral Reefs of Palau: amazing underwater cities found near a remote network of islands, deep in the Pacific Ocean. Our journey to the coral reefs will open students' eyes to an amazing, interconnected ecosystem built on symbiosis, where diverse organisms are designed to protect, clean, nourish, and even camouflage one another. In this natural factory, the coral supports its many "workers" and they, in turn, keep the coral healthy.


American Samoa Thorny Issue

American Samoa’s Thorny Issue

Scientists in American Samoa are tacking an outbreak of crown-of-thorns starfish (Acanthaster planci), known locally as alamea, which live on the archipelago’s reefs and feed off of live stony corals.


Climate, reefs and resilience

Climate, reefs, and resilience

Watch as Britt Parker, NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program’s climate coordinator, explains why climate change is the biggest global threat coral reefs face today.


Healthy Coast

Healthy + Resilient Coral Reefs = Healthy + Resilient Coasts

The coral reefs that lie just offshore of many of our coasts are more than things of wonder and beauty. These resources are inextricably linked to coastal community safety and protection.


thicket of staghorn coral

Climate, reefs and resilience Q&A

Managers, scientists, and communities are working at a local scale to give their coral reefs a fighting chance in the face of a changing climate. In this online Q&A, Britt Parker, NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program’s climate coordinator,shares how applying resilience-based management techniques to reefs and reducing local stressors is helping reefs recover from global-scale climate events.


Coral nurseries support coastal recovery

Partnering for Reef Resilience

The Reef Resilience Program is a decade-long partnership effort lead by The Nature Conservancy that builds the capacity of reef managers around the world to better address climate change impacts and other stressors to reefs. Check out these stories of successful resilience-based coral reef management from around the U.S. and its territories.


Diver observing coral reef

Assessing Reef Resilience in the Northern Mariana Islands

NOAA scientists in the Commonwealth of the Northern Marians Islands developed new and innovative techniques to help resource managers rank coral reef resilience.


Coffee Beans

Shade-grown coffee protects coral reefs in Puerto Rico

Coffee farmers in southwest Puerto Rico are working with scientists and resource managers to reduce agricultural runoff to nearby coral reefs by transitioning from sun-grown coffee to shade-grown coffee crops.


coral diseases

Coral Disease Under Climate Change

Scientists expect more coral disease as the climate continues to change, according to a paper recently published in the journal Nature Climate Change.


Mapping Reefs and Fish

Finding Fish Hotspots and Mapping Coral Reefs

NOAA Expedition Marks Twelve Years of Discovery in the Caribbean.


Elkhorn Coral

Science to Support the Recovery of Threatened Corals

NOAA Fisheries recently released a roadmap to improve the status of two species of coral listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.


Algal Bloom Affecting Guam’s Manell-Geus Habitat Focus Area

Algal Bloom Affecting Guam’s Manell-Geus Habitat Focus Area

Scientists and residents in Guam are tackling a serious algal bloom that is affecting local coral reefs, as well as the communities that depend on them.


Coral Bleaching Hawaii

From Coral Bleaching to Signs of Recovery in Hawaii

Last fall, warmer-than-average ocean temperatures resulted in a serious coral bleaching event in Hawaii. Marine resource managers and scientists immediately took to the water to monitor and document the effects of this phenomenon on local coral reef communities.


Coral Bleaching Florida

Scientists Document Impacts of Coral Bleaching on Florida’s Elkhorn Coral

Summer 2014 brought higher water temperatures to the Florida Keys, triggering a bleaching event that damaged or killed a third of elkhorn corals (Acropora palmata) at seven NOAA monitoring sites in the Upper Keys.


Coral Bleaching

NOAA Scientists Sound the Alarm on Coral Bleaching

NOAA scientists are warning that warm ocean temperatures in the equatorial Pacific and Indian Oceans could set the stage for major coral bleaching events across the globe in 2015.


Coral Etiquette

Coral Etiquette 101 : Make sure you enjoy coral areas responsibly by taking a few simple actions during your time in the water and on land.

Corals and other marine habitats are a must-see if you live in or are vising one of the many places in the U.S. that are home to these magnificent underwater resources. However, corals and the marine life they support are often threatened or damaged by the same visitors who come to admire them.


Fish Traps

Building a BetterFish Trap : Scientists and U.S. Virgin Islands fishers partner to improve fish trap design.
By Jennifer Schull and Ron Hill

At first glance, an imposing wall of fish traps doesn't look like a coral reef conservation success story, but a closer look at a new trap design suggests a win-win for coral reefs and the fishers who depend on reef resources for food and income.


coral reef picture

Puerto Rico is Home to NOAA’s Caribbean Habitat Blueprint Focus Area

Puerto Rico’s Northeast Reserves Marine Ecological Corridor and the Island of Culebra were recently named a NOAA Habitat Blueprint Focus Area. Habitat Focus Areas are places where NOAA, together with strong local partnerships, can increase the effectiveness of habitat conservation science and management efforts.


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Coral Reef Conservation 2014—A Year in Review

This year, the NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program together with its many partners made some important strides forward in conserving the nation’s coral reefs and advancing the science needed to manage these valuable resources.


MOES Education logo

Conservation through Education - Island Style

The Marine Outreach and Education U.S. Virgin Islands Style initiative is encouraging residents to participate in natural resource management and to play a more active role in conservation efforts.


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