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October 07, 2015  

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Coral Bleaching at Coconut Point Backreef

​W​ebinar announcement​: Get the latest on the 2015 coral bleaching event, preparation, and response

When: July 28, 2015 at 3:00 PM EDT

Who: Coral reef resource managers


Bleached coral

Coral Bleaching Threat Increasing in Western Atlantic and Pacific Oceans

As unusually warm ocean temperatures cover the north Pacific, equatorial Pacific, and western Atlantic oceans, NOAA scientists expect greater bleaching of corals on Northern Hemisphere reefs through October, potentially leading to the death of corals over a wide area and affecting the long-term supply of fish and shellfish. The news comes from the latest NOAA's Coral Reef Watch four-month Coral Bleaching outlook, which is updated weekly.


Changes to the ocean from CO2 emissions will also impact the many ecosystem services the ocean provides communities around the world

Oceans under Pressure from Climate Change this Century

Scientists with the Oceans 2015 Initiative contrasted the threats that two potential carbon dioxide emission pathways pose to marine ecosystems and the goods and services they provide. Their findings are reported in a paper titled “Contrasting Futures for Ocean and Society from Different Anthropogenic CO2 Emissions Scenarios” published in the July 3, 2015 issue of the journal Science.


2015 National Coral Reef Fellowship Program

Announcing the 2015 National Coral Reef Management Fellowship Program

The next generation of coral reef managers can once again get hands-on training to prepare them for successful careers through the National Coral Reef Management Fellowship Program.


Reef Scene - Palau

Tracking the Marine Aquarium Trade

Home aquariums are a popular hobby, but until now there was no way of knowing exactly how many marine fish and invertebrates are imported to the U.S. Researchers from Roger Williams University and the New England Aquarium developed an interactive web tool to illuminate and evaluate the global shipping pathways of the aquarium trade.


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.


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