NOAA Administrator Highlights US Contribution to Coral Reef Management, Protection.
In a December ceremony at the World Bank, the NOAA Administrator, Vice Admiral Conrad C. Lautenbacher, joined US and international officials and experts to release the findings of the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Networks biennial publication, Status of Coral Reefs of the World: 2002.
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Staghorn corals exhibit the fastest growth of all known western Atlantic corals. Branches can increase in length by 10-20 cm a year. Photo credit: NOAA/NURP
New Reports Assess the Condition of US Coral Reefs, Outline Strategy to Reduce Threats.
Two reports on coral reef ecosystems were produced in 2002 in cooperation with the US Coral Reef Task Force
and other partners. Led by NOAA's National Ocean Service, The State of Coral Reef Ecosystems of the United States and Pacific Freely Associated States: 2002 (pdf 7.0 mb)
was developed by 38 coral reef experts and 79 expert contributors. NOAA also released A National Coral Reef Action Strategy
, a report to Congress outlining specific actions needed in 13 goal areas to reduce threats to reefs and sustain the communities and economies that depend on them.