Navigation Links
NOAA report states half of US coral reefs in 'poor' or 'fair' condition
Date:7/7/2008

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Nearly half of U.S. coral reef ecosystems are considered to be in "poor" or "fair" condition according to a new NOAA analysis of the health of coral reefs under U.S. jurisdiction.

The report issued today, The State of Coral Reef Ecosystems of the United States and Pacific Freely Associated States: 2008, says that the nation's coral reef ecosystems, particularly those adjacent to populated areas, continue to face intense human-derived threats from coastal development, fishing, sedimentation and recreational use. Even the most remote reefs are subject to threats such as marine debris, illegal fishing and climate-related effects of coral bleaching, disease and ocean acidification.

The report was released by NOAA at the 11th International Coral Reef Symposium in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. More than 270 scientist and managers working throughout the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean, the Atlantic and Pacific authored the 15 jurisdiction-specific chapters of the report. The scientists graded the coral ecosystems on a five tier scale: excellent, good, fair, poor and unknown.

"NOAA's coral program has made some significant progress since it was established 10 years ago, but we need to redouble our efforts to protect this critical resource," said retired Navy Vice Admiral Conrad C. Lautenbacher Jr., Ph.D., under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator.

The 569-page document details coral reef conditions in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Navassa Island, southeast Florida, the Florida Keys, Flower Garden Banks, the Main Hawaiian Islands, the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, American Samoa, the Pacific Remote Islands, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam and the Republic of Palau.

"The report shows that this is a global issue," said Tim Keeney, deputy assistant secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and co-chair of the United States Coral Reef Task Force. "While the report indicates reefs in general are healthier in the Pacific than the Atlantic, even remote reefs are subject to threats stemming from climate change as well as illegal fishing and marine debris."

The conditions of U.S. coral reefs have been declining for several decades according to the report's authors. As an indicator of this decline, since the last status report was released in 2005, two coral species -- Elkhorn and Staghorn corals --- have become the first corals ever listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

The 2008 report is the third in a series, representing an evolving effort to track the condition of coral reef ecosystems at both local and national scales. It was called for in the National Coral Reef Action Strategy (NCRAS) and was designed to address the primary threats, goals and objectives outlined in the NCRAS, the Coral Reef Conservation Act of 2000, and other guidance documents. NOAA's Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment's Biogeography Branch led the development and production of the report with support from NOAA's Coral Reef Conservation Program.


'/>"/>

Contact: Ben Sherman
ben.sherman@noaa.gov
202-253-5256
NOAA Headquarters
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology news :

1. Ohio Law Enforcement Agency Deploys BIO-key(R) Mobile Reporting Software
2. Report -- adapting farming to climate change
3. New report available on ecosystems and climate change
4. New report looks at the state of the North American environment
5. Europe-wide investment in lipid research will help tackle disease, says new report
6. U.S. IEEE members to report on Sci-Tech at California newspapers
7. At Boston symposium, NARSAD researchers report on genes and family traits
8. Fruits, vegetables and teas may protect smokers from lung cancer, UCLA researchers report
9. New Jerseys 2008 Annual State of the Shore report, May 22
10. BIO-key(R) Reports First Quarter 2008 Results
11. NOAA reports coastal waters show decline in contaminants
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/23/2017)...  Hunova, the first robotic gym for the rehabilitation and functional motor ... Genoa, Italy . The first 30 robots will be ... USA . The technology was developed and patented at the ... spin-off Movendo Technology thanks to a 10 million euro investment from entrepreneur ... ...
(Date:4/19/2017)... 2017 The global military biometrics ... marked by the presence of several large global players. ... five major players - 3M Cogent, NEC Corporation, M2SYS ... nearly 61% of the global military biometric market in ... global military biometrics market boast global presence, which has ...
(Date:4/11/2017)... April 11, 2017 Crossmatch®, a globally-recognized ... solutions, today announced that it has been awarded ... Projects Activity (IARPA) to develop next-generation Presentation Attack ... "Innovation has been a driving force within ... will allow us to innovate and develop new ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:8/11/2017)... ... ... Algenist continues to disrupt the skincare industry with today’s debut of GENIUS Liquid ... the key structural element skin needs to maintain its youthful appearance and Algenist is ... First to market with proprietary collagen water active , Active ...
(Date:8/10/2017)... ... August 09, 2017 , ... Teachers from three Philadelphia middle ... 14th through the 16th, the University City Science Center will kick off the ... provides Philadelphia-based middle school educators an opportunity for professional development related to STEM ...
(Date:8/10/2017)... ... August 09, 2017 , ... Okyanos Center for Regenerative Medicine has announced its ... Hotel in Freeport, Grand Bahama on September 27, 2017. This daytime event is free ... from the Ministry of Health’s National Stem Cell Ethics Committee (NSCEC) and regulations laid ...
(Date:8/10/2017)... USA, and CARDIFF, UK (PRWEB) , ... August ... ... and photonics, has announced an agreement establishing Kinokuniya Company Ltd. as its exclusive ... SPIE as the exclusive sales representative for the SPIE Digital Library in Japan. ...
Breaking Biology Technology: