Coral Reef NOAA
July 28, 2015  


NOAA Offices and NOAA-established cooperative efforts involved in deep-sea coral research and conservation

National Marine Fisheries Service Habitat Protection Division: The NOAA Fisheries Office of Habitat Conservation protects, restores, and promotes stewardship of coastal and marine habitat to support our nation's fisheries for future generations.

Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research Ocean Exploration and Research: The Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) or "NOAA Research" provides the research foundation for understanding the complex systems that support our planet.

Ocean Explorer: NOAA Ocean Explorer is an educational Internet offering for all who wish to learn about, discover, and virtually explore the ocean realm. It provides public access to current information on a series of NOAA scientific and educational explorations and activities in the marine environment.

National Ocean Service’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries: The mission of NOAA's National Marine Sanctuaries is to serve as the trustee for the nation's system of marine protected areas, to conserve, protect, and enhance their biodiversity, ecological integrity and cultural legacy.

Cooperative Institute for Ocean Exploration, Research and Technology (CIOERT): The Cooperative Institute for Ocean Exploration, Research and Technology (CIOERT) explores and studies the nation’s ocean frontiers using innovation and cutting edge technologies. CIOERT is sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, and headquartered at Harbor Branch at Florida Atlantic University in Fort Pierce, Fla.

National Undersea Research Center for the West Coast and Polar Regions (WCPR): NURP provides scientists with the tools and expertise they need to investigate the undersea environment, including submersibles, remotely operated vehicles, autonomous underwater vehicles, mixed gas diving gear, underwater laboratories and observatories, and other cutting edge technologies. The West Coast & Polar Regions Undersea Research Center operates in the waters offshore of California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, and the Arctic and Antarctic.

Hawai'i Undersea Research Laboratory (HURL): The Hawai‘i Undersea Research Laboratory (HURL) was established by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the University of Hawai'i. Its mission is to study deep water marine processes in the Pacific Ocean.

Other Agencies and Organizations involved in deep-sea coral research and conservation

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS): Diversity, Systematics, and Connectivity of Vulnerable Reef Ecosystems (DISCOVRE)

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM): Technology Assessment Program (TAP)

Marine Conservation Institute is a nonprofit organization dedicated to maintaining healthy, living oceans for all of us and future generations. is an information resource on the cold-water coral ecosystems of the deep ocean.

Census of Marine Life is a 10-year international effort undertaken in to assess the diversity (how many different kinds), distribution (where they live), and abundance (how many) of marine life.

Global Ocean Biodiversity Initiative is an international partnership advancing the scientific basis for conserving biological diversity in the deep seas and open oceans.

Oceana is the largest international organization focused solely on ocean conservation.

Deep Sea Conservation Coalition is calling on the United Nations General Assembly to secure a moratorium on high seas bottom trawling and protect these fragile and unique pockets of life in the deep seas before they are destroyed forever.

Too Precious to Wear is a campaign created by SeaWeb, a communications-based nonprofit organization, to empower consumers and industry professionals to create a demand for coral conservation.

5th International Symposium on Deep-Sea Corals addresses new developments and knowledge through a range of themes and topics and will take place in Amsterdam, the Netherlands from 2-7 April, 2012.