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2020 Featured Stories

March

Coral Fellows Take on Local Issues

The 2020-2022 fellowship class at orientation

Managing coral reef ecosystems requires more support—and many more hands—than most U.S. jurisdictions can provide with available resources. The National Coral Reef Management Fellowship was created to help fill this need at the local level.

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Ridge to Reef in American Samoa

The island of Tutuila in American Samoa

Coral reef conservation is not restricted to the water. Coastal development, deforestation, agricultural runoff, and oil and chemical spills introduce pollution into coral reef ecosystems. Land-based sources of pollution affect coral growth and reproduction, disrupt overall ecosystem function, and lead to disease and death. NOAA uses a “ridge to reef” approach to address this connection.

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February

The Year of a Lifetime

The Coral Reef Conservation Program’s 2019 Knauss Fellow Lauren Swaddell (left) and 2020 Knauss Fellow Leanne Poussard (right)

Since 1979, graduate and professional school students travel from around the country to the Washington, D.C. area every year for the John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship. The fellowship, administered by NOAA’s National Sea Grant College Program, matches fellows with host offices in the executive and legislative branches of government to learn about ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes resource management and policy. NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program has been fortunate to host many Knauss fellows over the years.

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Coral Heroes: FORCE BLUE

A diver working with a coral “tree” structure

Throughout the Coral Reef Conservation Program’s 20th Anniversary, we are highlighting Coral Heroes — individuals and organizations that have worked with the program and are making a real difference in coral reef conservation.

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January

The Coral Reef Conservation Program Celebrates 20 Years

Coral Reef Conservation Program Celebrates 20 Years

The Coral Reef Conservation Act was signed into law on December 23, 2000, establishing the NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program. For 20 years, the program has brought together expertise from across NOAA and its partners to protect, conserve, and restore the nation’s coral reef ecosystems.

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$500,000 Available for Coral Restoration Projects in Honor of Dr. Ruth Gates

Coral restoration in the Florida Keys

As part of our efforts to restore resilient coral ecosystems, NOAA is announcing the availability of approximately $500,000 in funding for coral restoration in 2020. The competition is in direct response to the recently completed National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine study on Interventions to Increase the Resilience of Coral Reefs. This is the first competition under the new Ruth Gates Coral Restoration Innovation Grants.

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The Coral Heroes: The Coral Restoration Consortium

The Coral Restoration Consortium

Throughout the Coral Reef Conservation Program’s 20th Anniversary, we are highlighting Coral Heroes — individuals and organizations who have worked with the program and are making a real difference in coral reef conservation.

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