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American Samoa Assessment and Rapid Reef Response Plan
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    Coral Reef Conservation Program (U.S.)
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    "Coral reefs around the world are in steep decline due to a wide variety of factors. Corals can be damaged or killed by major damaging events, and harmed by human impacts like overfishing and pollution. The greatest threat to the future of coral reefs is mass coral bleaching, which is projected to occur more throughout the 21st century as a result of climate change. Diseases, Crown-of-Thorns starfish outbreaks, and hurricanes can also do major damage to coral reefs, making them more weak and susceptible to bleaching events. To document and better understand the condition of coral reefs and the impacts different events have made on coral reefs, it is necessary to monitor the effects of major destructive events on coral reefs. These events can come on suddenly, and without a careful plan, recording of the effects of the events may be inadequate or not occur. Disease outbreaks, Crown-of-Thorn starfish outbreaks, and hurricanes can all cause large amounts of coral damage and mortality. They all need to be monitored in a very similar fashion to that for bleaching, for the same reasons"--Introduction.

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    Funding: Sponsored by the Coral Reef Conservation Program; project number: 560.;
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