Coral Reef NOAA
May 27, 2016  


This page provides links to a variety of other useful Websites with general information on coral ecosystems. The linked sites are for other agencies and organizations that are involved with coral conservation. This is not meant to be an exhaustive list; many of the Websites listed below also provide useful links.

The ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies is based in Australia and undertakes integrated research for sustainable use and management of coral reefs.

The Buccoo Reef Trust is a non-profit organisation, registered in Trinidad & Tobago, that was specifically created to assist in addressing the threats facing Tobago's marine environment and to explore opportunities for the sustainable development of marine tourism, fishing and aquaculture in the Caribbean region as a whole.

The Census of Coral Reef Ecosystems (CReefs) is an international cooperative effort to increase tropical taxonomic expertise, conduct a taxonomically diversified global census of coral reef ecosystems, and improve access to and unify coral reef ecosystem information scattered throughout the globe.  It is part of the larger Census of Marine Life.

 The Coral Disease and Health Consortium (CDHC) vision is to understand and address the effects of natural and anthropogenic stressors on corals in order to contribute to the preservation and protection of coral reef ecosystems.

 The Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL) is the only international organization working exclusively to save coral reefs. CORAL provides education, tools, and inspiration to help local communities become passionate environmental stewards for the reefs.

The Coral Reef Targeted Research & Capacity Building for Management (CRTR) Program is a leading international coral reef research initiative that provides a coordinated approach to credible, factual and scientifically-proven knowledge for improved coral reef management.

The Florida Reef Resilience Program brings scientists, reef managers and the people whose livelihoods and recreational pursuits depend upon healthy coral reefs together to achieve a common goal. The program is designed to, among other goals, improve our collective understanding of coral reef resilience by exploring the biological and environmental aspects of reef health.

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) is the principal adviser to the Australian Government on the control, care and development of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. The GBRMPA is responsible for the management of the Marine Park and undertakes a variety of activities.

International Coral Reef Action Network (ICRAN) is a global partnership of coral reef conservation groups and scientists working to halt and reverse the decline in the health of the world's coral reefs. ICRAN is a coordinated response to ICRI's urgent call to protect coral reefs.

International Coral Reef Information Network (ICRIN) is a central coral reef communications hub that provides general coral reef information, tools and resources to support the conservation efforts of ICRI.

International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) is a partnership among governments, international organizations, and non-government organizations that strives to preserve coral reefs and related ecosystems. ICRAN, ICRIN and GCRMN are part of ICRI's operational network.

The International Year of the Reef 2008 (IYOR 2008) was a worldwide campaign to raise awareness about the value and importance of coral reefs and threats to their sustainability, and to motivate people to take action to protect them.  The site still hosts a great deal of relevant data, information, and links.

Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN) is the operating unit of ICRI focused on global coral reef monitoring. The monitoring program is used to assess how, where and why damage is occurring and to determine the best methods for prevention.

Project AWARE Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving underwater environments through education, advocacy and action. In partnership with divers and water enthusiasts, it works to protect aquatic environments in 175 countries and territories of the world.

Resources for Divers. NOAA has many resources available for recreational divers to make trip planning easier and more enjoyable. This Web site provides links to specific NOAA services and products for divers.

ReefBase: A Global Information System on Coral Reefs. ReefBase is an online information system for professionals involved in coral-reef management, research, monitoring, conservation and education. The 'GEF Knowledgebase for Lessons Learned and Best Practices in the Management of Coral Reefs project has an online toolkit for use by reef managers in developing and implementing management activities.

Reef Relief is a global nonprofit dedicated to preserving and protecting living coral reef ecosystems through local, regional and global efforts.

Reef Relief is the Website of the founders of Reef Relief; however, it is not officially associated with Reef Relief. The site is intended to serve as an online resource on reefs. In addition to basic reef information, visitors can access educational materials, photos and videos, and other resources.

Science to Action is a partnership established to assess the progress of marine managed areas (MMAs) toward management objectives and to determine the characteristics that lead to successful MMAs. At local to global scales, Science-to-Action partners work with managers, policy decision makers, and other stakeholders to identify the most critical information to improve management and the best ways to provide the information for maximum impact. Using natural and social sciences, they study MMAs to understand how to make them effective – and put the science into action.

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.

Southeast Florida Coral Reef Initiative (SEFCRI) is a local action strategy for collaborative action among government and non-governmental partners to identify and implement priority actions needed to reduce key threats to coral reef resources in southeast Florida.

The US All Islands Coral Reef Committee (AIC) is a collaboration of marine resource managers from state, commonwealth, territorial agencies and freely associated states working together with federal agencies to conserve and protect coral reefs in the United States.

The US Coral Reef Task Force (USCRTF) was established by Presidential Executive Order in 1998 to lead US efforts to preserve and protect coral reef ecosystems. NOAA serves as co-chair of the Task Force with the US Department of the Interior.