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2018 Featured Stories

December

International Coral Reef Community Unites

Outplanted staghorn coral in Culebra, Puerto Rico. (NOAA)

NOAA sponsors upcoming Reef Futures 2018 conference on coral reef restoration

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November

NOAA commissioned study highlights the need for advanced, unconventional approaches to coral reef conservation

Diver Surveying a bleached reef

NOAA would like to thank the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine for completing the first phase of the Interventions to Increase the Resilience of Coral Reefs study.

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Over $8.3 Million Awarded for Coral Reef Projects and Studies

Elkhorn coral (Acropora palmata)

Over $8.3 Million Awarded for Coral Reef Projects and Studies

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Our Vision for Thriving, Diverse and Resilient Coral Reef Ecosystems

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Updated Strategic Plan outlines our vision to conserve coral reef ecosystems and all they provide

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April

Guam Year of the Reef Unites Island Leaders and Locals in Coral Conservation

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2018 is the third annual International Year of the Reef— celebration of the significance of the world’s coral reefs and an effort to promote awareness and protection.

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March

Teams Study and Restore Corals Following Hurricanes Irma and Maria

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The impacts of the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season were historic for communities in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and portions of Southeast Florida and the Florida Keys.

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February

New Committee Announced for Study on Coral Reef Resilience

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In January, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine appointed a new committee to conduct a study on interventions to increase the resilience of coral reefs. The provisional committee includes international experts who cover a range of expertise.

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2018 is the third International Year of the Reef!

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Hidden beneath the ocean waters, coral reefs teem with life. Coral reefs support more species than any other marine environment and rival rainforests in their biodiversity.

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