Hidden beneath the ocean waters, coral reefs teem with life. Coral reefs support more species than any other marine environment and rival rainforests in their biodiversity. Countless numbers of creatures rely on coral reefs for their survival. Coral reefs face an increasing array of threats, including pollution, unsustainable fishing practices, and global climate change. However, there’s so much we can (and are) doing to protect and preserve coral reefs and all they do for us. NOAA is leading U.S. efforts to study and conserve these precious resources for current and future generations.
NOAA is an International Year of the Reef partner. This yearlong designation aims to strengthen awareness globally about the value of, and threats to, coral reefs and associated ecosystems; promote partnerships between governments, the private sector, academia and civil society on the management of coral reefs; identify and implement effective management strategies for conservation, increased resiliency and sustainable use of these ecosystems and promoting best practices; and share information on best practices in relation to sustainable coral reef management.