2021 Featured Stories


A Decade of Coral Restoration and Sustainable Development

A coral restoration practitioner fragments endangered staghorn coral to propagate and grow more coral that will eventually be restored back to the reef.

The United Nations has entered an exciting decade of focusing on marine and other important ecosystems, and the services they provide. The UN has declared 2021 to 2030 both the Decade on Ecosystem Restoration and the Decade on Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.


A Glimpse into Coral Reef Conservation

The Coral Reef Conservation Program’s 2021 Knauss fellow Kayelyn Simmons (left) and 2020 Knauss fellow Leanne Poussard (right).

For more than 40 years, the John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship, administered by NOAA’s National Sea Grant College Program, has provided graduate and professional school students with experience in host offices throughout the executive and legislative branches of government.



Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

The Guam Green Growth Initiative team on Thriving Natural Resources outside the University of Guam Sea Grant Office. Lauren Swaddell is second from the left.

The Guam Green Growth Initiative (G3) places Guam at the global forefront of leadership in island sustainability by developing tangible solutions to sustainability challenges and contributing to a green economy for the island region. Since 2019, Guam has united with islands around the world in advancing the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals through locally-informed and culturally-driven strategies.


Monitoring Coral Reefs to Understand Trends in Space and Time

A diver assesses recently planted coral. Credit: Hector Ruiz/HJR Reefscaping.

Have you ever wondered how coral scientists can track how coral reefs are doing? How can we compare one coral reef area to another? How do we know if coral reef condition is changing over time? NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program monitors coral reefs at two different scales in order to help answer those questions.