NOAA Awards USD 9.3 Million To Advance Coral Reef Conservation
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Coral Reef Conservation program is awarding more than USD 9.3 million in grants and cooperative agreements to support conservation projects and studies to benefit coral reef ecosystem management in seven US states and territories, the Caribbean, and Micronesia. Recipients will provide nearly USD 6 million in additional support.
All projects focus on the three primary threats to coral reefs: global climate change, land-based sources of pollution and unsustainable fishing practices, and highly threatened coral regions and watersheds.
“We’ve funded projects that are going to help coral scientists and managers move the conservation needle by doing the kinds of research and on-the-ground activities that it takes to reduce a diverse set of threats,” said Jennifer Koss, director of the NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program. “Taking steps today to build and keep coral reefs healthy and resilient directly affects the overall health of the ocean and all of us who depend on it.”