NOAA scientists have partnered with several organizations to help quickly assess damage to coral reefs in Florida and Puerto Rico following this year’s very active hurricane season.
Meet Hideyo Hattori, Site Liaison, NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP) and NOAA Coastal Zone Management Program (CZMP).
The citizen-driven partnership currently includes 22 sampling locations in West Maui and boasts dozens of trained volunteers who collect samples every two to three weeks.
Recently, scientists from Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary joined other partners from NOAA and outside organizations to conduct a rapid assessment of the Florida Coral Reef Tract, including areas in the sanctuary, following Hurricane Irma.
Coral reefs are one of Earth’s most productive ecosystems -- both in terms of biology and cold, hard cash. Healthy coral reef ecosystems do everything from supporting millions of jobs to protecting lives and valuable coastal infrastructure, like hotels and roads, from storms and waves.
Researchers recently completed an 88-day expedition aboard the NOAA Ship Hi'ialakai to survey two remote regions in the Pacific. First, they traveled to the islands of Jarvis, Howland, Baker and Wake, all part of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument.
Nearly one year after prolonged high ocean temperatures caused devastating coral bleaching and loss in parts of Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, NOAA scientists recently went back to check on their condition.
Corals are amazing. But we have lost 50% of the worlds coral reefs. Can corals make a comeback? Watch this inspiring new series and find out.
Coral reefs in the U.S. Virgin Islands—with their inspiring coral structures, colorful fish and other vibrant marine life—provide livelihood and recreation for many resident divers.
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.
The Coral Reef Information System (CoRIS) is the program's information portal that provides access to NOAA coral reef data and products.
U.S. Coral Reef Task Force
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