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SEFSC Coral Reef Program : FY 2015 Project Accomplishments Report
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    Southeast Fisheries Science Center (U.S.) ; Coral Reef Conservation Program (U.S.) ;
  • Description:
    "The NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP) is a matrix program operating across four NOAA line offices: National Ocean Service (NOS), National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS), and Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) and is administered by NOS. The program works with other federal agencies, states, territories and commonwealths, and local governments to conserve, protect and restore coral reefs across the United States (US) and internationally. The program has been operating under the strategic guidance of the CRCP's 2010-2015 "goals and objectives" to address three main threats: fishing impacts, land-based sources of pollution, and climate change. The Southeast Fisheries Science Center (SEFSC) has been a leader in coral reef conservation science since 1978. Congress passed the Coral Reef Conservation Act in 2000 and the SEFSC dovetailed its management-relevant coral reef science with the newly formed CRCP program. SEFSC maintains a strong coral reef science program and continues to deliver high-caliber, peer-reviewed science in support of coral reef conservation and management and other mandates to conserve the nation's fisheries, protect essential fish habitat, and recover protected species. Recent activities that have shaped the course of SEFSC's coral reef science program include the reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (2006), which drew attention to data deficiencies for coral reef fisheries; the listing of 7 Atlantic corals (2 in 2006, 5 in 2014) as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA); and the advent of the CRCP's National Coral Reef Monitoring Program (NCRMP) in 2013. NMFS plays a critical regulatory role to effect change on coral reefs, and in 2015 NMFS took a more coordinated approach to organizing its coral reef ecosystem research and management both within and external to CRCP"--Introduction. [doi:10.7289/V5/TM-SEFSC-704 (https://doi.org/10.7289/V5/TM-SEFSC-704)]

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    Funding: NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program,; project number: 202.;
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