Coral Reefs

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related: gbrmp, water
flickrgroup: World Water
editing: coral celebrates coral reefs around the world and the people who do their best to protect them.

As we update these resources, we would love to provide more direct links to organizations and timely studies. We are curious: what are the financial values for reef tourism? What are examples of practical responsible travel? Suggestions are welcome.


Assessment: World Heritage coral reefs likely to disappear by 2100 unless CO2 emissions drastically reduce
Coral bleaching 'has changed the Great Barrier Reef forever'
Why You Should Check Your Sunscreen Label Right Now - @CivilBeat
Palau: Tiny Pacific island declares world's sixth largest marine reserve

International Coral Reef Initiative

Recommended listening

Can super-corals save the reef? - Reefs are all over the world are dying, but some are also bouncing back.

How a chemical in sunscreen attacks coral - From the cradle to the grave, Australians are taught to use sunscreen to avoid sunburn and skin cancers. But the universe is complicated, with unexpected links—and so, everything has a cost. In this case, the cost appears to be that one popular sunscreen chemical seems to attack coral.

Recommended Viewing: Chasing Coral

Coral Watch
CoralWatch is a citizen science project based at
The University of Queensland
, in Brisbane, Australia. CoralWatch helps non-scientists around the globe understand and support effective reef management by using engaging tools that provide people with accessible information and hands-on-experience collecting scientific data about the health of corals using the Coral Health Chart. This chart standardises changes in coral colours, and provides a simple way for people to quantify coral health and contribute to the CoralWatch global database. The Coral Health Chart is used by dive centres, scientists, school groups, and tourists. To get involved simply download a Do it Yourself Kit, or the CoralWatch Apps (Android and Apple), request a Coral Health Chartand you are ready to start monitoring.

Can we save the Great Barrier Reef? An interview with Professor Justin Marshall

Recommended Reading

A Reef Manager’s Guide to Fostering Community Stewardship (PDF)

The publication was produced through a partnership between the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Caribbean Development Assistance Program), US National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (Coral Reef Conservation Fund), IUCN International Union for Conservation of Nature, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and University of Queensland. Project coordination and implementation by Reef Ecologic ( and SymbioSeas ( This publication is a contribution of the IUCN Marine Biodiversity and Conservation Science Group.

A Reef Manager’s Guide to Fostering Community Stewardship @NOAACoral @IUCN


June 19 - 24 13th International Coral Reef Symposium #ICRS2016 (Hawai'i)
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Hawai’i Hosts International Coral Reef Symposium #ICRS2016 - @ronmader
Coral reefs in the spotlight - @CivilBeat
Experts demand more effort to save coral reefs - @CalebAP - @bluecology - @ultimatemegs - @kirstencarlson
International Coral Reef Symposium generates $9.4 million in tourism, brings international leaders to Hawaii

A few things that things that could improve future Coral Reef Symposiums

  • Hold social web workshops (or tweet-ups) online before the event. Get more people accustomed to the hashtag
  • Hold a recap video hangout with participants and speakers within the next two months. I'd volunteer to host a public Google/YouTube hangout if there is interest. (What's a hangout? Check out the playlist)
  • Please spotlight the Indigenous POV as an integrated part of events
  • Showcase Open Education and Open Access materials, including reports and artwork. Where's the downloadable/shareable poster?
  • More citations. If research and publications are online, let us know where to find the work.
  • Help outsiders with a 'who's who in coral reef studies' including leading scientists and relevant organizations.




Elsewhere on the Web

Corals of the World




Coral Reef Alliance - @CoralCoE - @eleanor_gregory - @AustCoralReefs -
The NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP) is a partnership between the NOAA Line Offices that work on coral reef issues: the National Ocean Service, the National Marine Fisheries Service, the Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, and the National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service. The CRCP brings together expertise from across NOAA for a multidisciplinary approach to managing and understanding coral reef ecosystems.

Mesoamerican Reef

Mesoamerican Reef Alliance
The world's second-largest barrier reef, the Mesoamerican Reef in the Caribbean, is threatened by coastal development, runoff and pollution. The reef system stretches nearly 700 miles from the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico to the Bay Islands of Honduras.


International Society for Reef…
NOAA - Coral Reef Ecosystem…
The Coral Reef Futures Lab
International Coral Reef Initiative
Coral Reef Watch
Coral Reef Research…
Blackfish Brigade
TNC Reef Resilience
Marine Spatial Ecology Lab,…
Coral Reef Alliance


Coral at Jarvis Island NWR


Artwork / Cue Yourself

Buzzword Bingo: Coral

Embedded Tweets

This week's Hawaiian vocabulary word is "puna" which means "coral" in Hawaiian. Pronounced (poo-na).