2019 Featured Stories


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.