coral reefs

Coral Reefs are essential to millions of plant and animal species in our marine ecosystem.  Over the past three decades, coral reefs in the western Atlantic and the Caribbean have been damaged by diseases, storms and coral predators as well as ocean warming, pollution and ocean acidification.  Warm ocean temperatures have bleached out the coral [...]

Mapping Coral Reefs

Anyone with a computer today can get online and use Google Street View to go on a sightseeing tour of the U.S. and most parts of the world. A new venture has taken that idea of mapping and applied it to underwater imagery of coral reefs. It has already been used in the Caribbean and [...]

A federally funded, multi-agency effort has begun on the largest coral reef restoration project in history.  NOAA funded scientists with The Nature Conservancy and partner organizations including Mote Marine Laboratory, began growing staghorn and elkhorn corals at eight underwater nurseries located from Ft. Lauderdale south through the Florida Keys and U.S. Virgin Islands in 2009.  [...]