Coral Reef Ecosystems
Deep-sea Coral Ecosystems
The State of Coral Reef Ecosystems of the United States and Pacific Freely Associated States: 2008 represents an ongoing NOAA effort to assess the condition of the nation's shallow water coral reef ecosystems. The 2008 report was produced in collaboration with teams of experts that authored chapters on the condition of coral reef ecosystems in 15 locations or jurisdictions within the US and Freely Associated States (FAS). Data and information presented in the report represents the contributions of over 270 scientists and managers working throughout the country to conserve and protect coral reef ecosystems and the organisms that depend on them.
Status of Coral Reef Ecosystems of the World: 2008 is the 5th global report that aims to present the current status of the world's coral reefs, the threats to the reefs, and the initiatives being undertaken to arrest the decline in the world's coral reefs. Reports are also available from 2004, 2002, 2000, and 1998. These reports have been produced using the data and information from hundreds of coral reef experts around the world.
The State of Deep Coral Ecosystems of the United States: 2007 was prepared by NOAA's Coral Reef Conservation Program and written by experts in seven regions around the country. The report provides an assessment of deep-sea coral ecosystems in US waters including: the biology of deep corals and their associated species, their spatial distribution, the stressors that may threaten their survival, current management measures, and regional priorities for future research.
This report shows that these habitats, found in cold waters at depths ranging from the surface to 3000+ meters, may be much more extensive and important to ocean ecosystems than previously known. NOAA works with Regional Fishery Management Councils, other Federal partners, academia, non-governmental organizations, industry, and other stakeholders to understand and protect these unique ecosystems.
Current Threats to U.S. Deep Coral Ecosystems:
Threats Requiring Further Research: