2018 is the third International Year of the Reef—a platform to highlight the importance of coral reefs. Covering less than one percent of the planet, coral reefs are the home to 25 percent of marine species and supply food to millions of people. They are also vital to our ocean economy, providing billions of dollars in services, such coastal protection, jobs, tourism and more.
Coral reefs face many threats, including warmer and more acidic ocean waters, impacts from destructive fishing practices and pollution from the land. NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program is working with communities to tackle these issues. Our collective efforts are yielding powerful results. Here are just a few.
This week, NOAA is co-chairing the 39th U.S Coral Reef Task Force meeting in Washington, DC, with the U.S. Department of the Interior. The task force brings together scientists, decision makers and community members from coral reef areas stretching from the U.S. Virgin Islands to Palau to discuss key issues, including International Year of the Reef.
For more information, visit our 2018 International Year of the Reef portal portal on this website.
Director, NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program