NOAA Coral Reef Sites
The NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP) is a partnership between the NOAA Line Offices that work on coral reef issues: the National Ocean Service, the National Marine Fisheries Service, the Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, and the National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service. The CRCP brings together expertise from across NOAA for a multidisciplinary approach to managing and understanding coral reef ecosystems.
In 2002, the NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program launched the Coral Reef Information System (CoRIS) Website as a single point of access to NOAA coral reef information and data products. The site provides access to aerial photos, coral bleaching reports, publications, an extensive glossary, professional exchanges and summaries of NOAA's coral reef activities.
The US Coral Reef Task Force (USCRTF) was established in 1998 by Executive Order 13089 to lead and coordinate US efforts to address the threats facing coral reefs. NOAA and the Department of the Interior serve as co-chairs of the USCRTF, which includes the heads of twelve federal agencies and the governors of American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Florida, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands. The leaders of the Freely Associated States (Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau) also participate as non-voting members. Through the coordinated efforts of its members, the USCRTF has helped build and lead US efforts to protect, restore and sustainably use the nation’s valuable coral reef ecosystems.