Get to know the International Coral Reef Initiative — an international partnership to preserve coral reefs and related ecosystems around the world. ICRI unites the global coral community and raises awareness of the need to protect coral reefs.
Coral reefs support more species than any other marine environment and rival rainforests in their biodiversity. Explore how NOAA is leading U.S. efforts to study and conserve these precious resources for future generations.
Corals are popular as souvenirs, for home decor and in costume jewelry, yet corals are living animals that eat, grow, and reproduce. It takes corals decades or longer to create reef structures, so leave corals and other marine life on the reef.