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SEFSC Coral Reef Program, FY 2013 project accomplishments report
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    "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 supports coral reef regions of the United States (U.S.), has an international component, and is integrated with other federal agencies, states, territories and commonwealths, and local governments. Recommendations from a 2007 external program review, along with the subsequent planning process (the 'roadmap') and a change in leadership in 2011, have shaped the recent history of the CRCP, including the genesis of the National Coral Reef Monitoring Plan (NCRMP), the Coral Program's 'national status and trends' monitoring program. 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 SEFSC dovetailed its management-relevant coral reef science with the fledgling NOAA CRCP. 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 NMFS mandates to conserve the nation's fisheries, essential fish habitat, and protected species. The reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (2006) puts a heavier burden on data quality in many coral reef ecosystems. Additionally, the listing of two Atlantic corals as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in 2006, and a petition to list an additional 83 species of coral in 2009, underscores the importance of NMFS as a critical regulatory authority to effect change in coral reefs"--Introduction.(doi:10.7289/V5HD7SKP (http://dx.doi.org/10.7289/V5HD7SKP))

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