2019 Featured Stories


The Value Coral Reefs Provide against Hazards

A diver in the National Park of American Samoa

In April, the U.S. Geological Survey released the results of a study on the role of coral reefs in reducing coastal hazard risks. The report, titled “Rigorously Valuing the Role of U.S. Coral Reefs in Coastal Hazard Risk Reduction,” looked at tools, valuation approaches, and economic information from various federal agencies.


New NOAA, Partner Buoy in American Samoa Opens Window into a Changing Ocean

Fagatele Bay Buoy

NOAA and partners have launched a new buoy in Fagatele Bay within NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa to measure the amount of carbon dioxide in the waters around a vibrant tropical coral reef ecosystem.



Sharing the Nationwide Task of Coral Reef Conservation

Coral colony showing signs of stony coral tissue loss disease

The U.S. Coral Reef Task Force - created by Executive Order in 1998 to coordinate coral reef conservation activities among government agencies at the national and local level - recently held its 41st meeting in Washington, DC.



Lessons from Coral Reefs for World Heritage Sites

The North Broken Passage in the Great Barrier Reef

Staff from NOAA's Coral Reef Watch led an assessment of the impacts of climate change on World Heritage coral reefs.


Over the River and Through the Coral

Image of Pillar coral

In 2015, the NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program awarded funding to Florida Atlantic University to study the effects of the St. Lucie River on nearby corals in the Florida Reef Tract.



Translating Science to Management and Policy

Knauss fellows Kevin Staples and Lauren Swaddell

Every year, graduate and professional school students travel to the Washington, D.C. area from around the country to learn more about ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes resource management and policy.


A Changing Climate through a Fisher’s Eye

Image of view of northeastern Puerto Rico

In 2016, the NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program awarded funding to the University of New Haven to assess the socioeconomic impacts of climate change on Puerto Rico’s coral reef fisheries.