This infographic describes what coral restoration is, different aspects of restorations, and steps that individuals can take to support successful restoration.
Infographic Transcript: Solutions for Coral Reefs: Restoration
Restoration is the science and practice of rebuilding self-sustaining coral reefs to provide fish habitat, recreation, and protection for coastlines. Addressing the threats of climate change impacts, land-based sources of pollution, and overfishing increases the success of coral restoration.
Preventing Avoidable Losses
Reducing impacts to corals from vessel groundings and anchors reduces the need for restoration and makes restoration more self-sustaining.
Maintaining Genetic Diversity
Sexual reproduction increases the chance that some corals have traits that can withstand climate change impacts, land-based sources of pollution, and other threats.
Keeping Habitat Suitable for Recruitment
Maintaining coral reef habitat by protecting herbivores and controlling invasive species increases the chance of coral larvae settling and becoming part of the reef.
Building Coral Resilience
Growing coral fragments from corals with certain qualities (genes, symbiotic algae) in nurseries can help increase reef resilience, or the ability to resist and recover from stressors like bleaching.
Coral fragments grown in nurseries are planted onto reefs so they can further grow and replenish themselves.
How Can You Help?
Choose sustainable seafood
Recycle fishing lines and nets
Reduce, reuse, recycle
Use less fertilizers and pesticides
Do not dump household chemicals into storm drains
Use energy efficient appliances and light bulbs
The NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program was established in 2000 by the Coral Reef Conservation Act. Headquartered in Silver Spring, Maryland, the program is part of NOAA's Office for Coastal Management.