Coral Reef NOAA
July 29, 2015  

Publications & Data

Key Documents

Strategic Plan for Deep-Sea Coral and Sponge EcosystemsStrategic Plan for Deep-Sea Coral and Sponge Ecosystems: Research, Management, and International Cooperation:
Released by NOAA in 2010, the plan identifies objectives and approaches to guide NOAA's exploration, research, management, and international activities for fiscal years 2010-2019. The goal of the strategy is to integrate these approaches to enhance the protection and conservation of deep-sea coral and sponge ecosystems.

2010 Report to Congress on the Implementation of the Deep Sea Coral Research and Technology Program:
The report summarizes activities initiated with fiscal year 2009 Deep Sea Coral Research and Technology Program funding. It also presents a brief synopsis of additional conservation actions that have taken place since the first Report to Congress was submitted in 2008.

Strategic Plan for Deep-Sea Coral and Sponge EcosystemsThe State of Deep Coral Ecosystems of the United States: 2007: In 2007, NOAA published this peer-reviewed assessment of deep-sea coral ecosystems in US waters, including the biology of deep-sea corals and their associated species, their spatial distribution, the stressors that may threaten their survival, current management measures, and regional priorities for future research.

Other Publications and Data

Coral Reef Information System (CoRIS): In 2002, the CRCP launched the CoRIS Website as a single point of access to NOAA coral information and data products. The site provides access to general coral information, publications, an extensive glossary, professional exchanges, region-specific data, photos and summaries of NOAA's coral activities.

NOAA’s Deep Sea Coral Research and Technology Program Factsheet 2011: A one-page overview of the Deep Sea Coral Research and Technology Program and current research activities.

Proceedings of the International Workshop on Red Coral Science, Management, and Trade: Lessons from the Mediterranean. Bussoletti et al. (eds.) 2010: The workshop was the result of deliberations on a 2007 proposal by the United States to list red and pink corals in Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

Proceedings of the First International Workshop on Corallium Science, Management and Trade. Bruckner and Roberts (eds.) 2009: This workshop was convened to address a number of science questions regarding the status and trends of known Corallium beds, and implementation issues that were identified as factors that would hinder the effectiveness of a potential CITES Appendix-II listing for all species of Corallium and Paracorallium.

2008 Report to Congress on the Implementation of the Deep Sea Coral Research and Technology Program: Prepared in consultation with the Nation's eight Regional Fishery Management Councils, the report provides information on steps taken by NOAA and its partners to identify, monitor, and protect deep-sea coral areas.

Habitat Connections: Deep Sea Corals. Hourigan and Cope, 2008: Interesting facts about the world of deep-sea corals.

Southeastern United States Deep-Sea Corals (SEADESC) Initiative: A Collaboration to Characterize Areas of Habitat Forming Deep-Sea Corals. Partyka et al. 2007: A collaborative effort to take a subset of information across a variety of NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration-funded cruises in the South Atlantic Bight using the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute's Johnson Sea-Link submersible between 2002 and 2005 to characterize areas of habitat-forming, deep-sea corals in the South Atlantic Bight.

Deep Sea Coral Collection Protocols. Etnoyer et al. 2006: A synthesis of field experience from deep-sea coral researchers, designed to build our national capacity to document deep-sea coral diversity.

Profiles of Activities Deep Coral Communities. NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program Deep Coral Communities Team, 2005: Document provides an overview of NOAA deep-sea coral communities related activities, with the purpose of supplying a tool for identifying connections and potential collaborations among programs.

Summary: Deep-Sea Corals Workshop. International Planning and Collaboration Workshop for the Gulf of Mexico and the North Atlantic Ocean Galway, Ireland, January 16-17, 2003. J.J. McDonough and K.A. Puglise 2003. This document summarizes the proceedings of the Deep-Sea Corals Workshop held in Galway, Ireland to discuss the need for an International Deep-Sea Coral Plan to identify critical information needs to increase our understanding of deep-sea coral habitats and identify collaborative efforts.