Each year, we strive to award at least $8 million in competitive grants and cooperative agreements to support conservation projects and scientific studies that benefit coral reef management across seven U.S. states and territories and internationally in the Caribbean, and the Pacific regions.
A complete list of funded projects for 2022, 2021, 2020, and 2009-2019 is available to download (keyword search in USASpending.gov by Award Number for more information). A new reporting method was used beginning in 2020.
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The University of New Haven conducted an assessment of socioeconomic impacts of climate change on individuals, households, and communities engaged in commercial and subsistence fishing activities in coral reef areas located in key sites in Puerto Rico. Check out the video (in English and Spanish) that summarizes the results!
MPA Connect is a learning network of marine protected area managers and professionals in the Caribbean that works to increase the effectiveness of MPA management. They worked with community members in Carriacou, Grenada to use the “Local Early Adaptation Planning” (LEAP) Guide to Climate Change to discuss climate change. To learn more about their efforts, visit the Sustainable Grenadines YouTube site.
The Department of Natural and Environmental Resources of Puerto Rico (DNER) recently released regional benthic habitat maps for Puerto Rico. Benthic mapping is one way to identify critical coral habitats and can be used to assess and monitor coral reef ecosystems, and minimize effects from growing coastal communities that depend on the ecological services provided by coral reefs, such as food. Download these comprehensive maps from DNER.
The Guam Coral Reef Initiative reminds visitors and residents about the three easy steps to safely visit the vast coral reefs of Guam. Check out this fun and engaging video to learn about the “3 Easy Steps”. Don’t touch - Don’t feed - Don’t Take. To learn more about the project and other initiatives on Guam, check out the Guam Coral Reef Initiative website.
Conservation International’s Hawai‘i program facilitated a group including fishing experts and leaders to create an informal study group to co-discover whether a registry, permit, or license (RPL) system for non-commercial marine fishing could be possible in Hawaii. The 2018 Community Input Report summarizes the results of this effort looking at the feasibility of creating a system in Hawaii.
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.