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U.S. Coral Reef Task Force Strategy FY2016-2021
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    "Coral reef ecosystems are in decline globally (Gardner et al. 2003; Burke et al. 2011). Coral reefs in all U.S. and U.S.-affiliated jurisdictions are under threat; coral coverage in some areas has already decreased by more than 90 percent (Jackson et al. 2014). Scientists project that in a business-as-usual world, coral reefs as we know them may disappear within a matter of decades (Frieler et al. 2013). It is clear that strategies to date, including the work of the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force (USCRTF), are not reversing this trend. Therefore, the USCRTF is adjusting our strategy moving forward to preserve and protect the biodiversity, health, heritage, and social and economic value of U.S. coral reef ecosystems and the marine environment against the environmental and social impacts that are causing their decline. This strategy outlines what is at stake if coral reef ecosystems continue to decline, why coral reefs have been declining, and what threats coral reefs will face in the future, as well as USCRTF roles and authorities and what the USCRTF can do to address threats to coral reef ecosystems. This strategy is not a comprehensive action plan. Rather, it is a framework to inform future USCRTF collaboration, facilitation, information sharing, and actions, including USCRTF resolutions and work plans. This strategy is intended to guide the actions and initiatives of the USCRTF during the next 5 years, given its authorities and roles, to keep coral reef ecosystems alive and resilient in the face of both local and global stressors"--Introduction.

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