RELEASES FIVE-YEAR CORAL REEF RESEARCH PLAN
2, 2007 — NOAA released the NOAA
Coral Reef Ecosystem Research Plan, identifying priority research
needs and guidance for coral reef research through 2011. The plan looks
at key research objectives and long-term needs to enhance NOAA’s
understanding of coral reef ecosystems and provide guidance to coastal
and ocean managers on regional research priorities to help preserve,
sustain and restore coral reef ecosystems. (Click NOAA image
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Research Plan.” Click
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Two earlier NOAA reports, The State of Coral Reef Ecosystems of the United States and Pacific Freely Associated States: 2002 and 2005, summarized the status and health of coral reef ecosystems throughout U.S. waters. Based on these status reports, the research plan outlines the national and regional research needed to address the many management challenges presented by current coral reef decline.
The research plan also builds on strategies identified in NOAA’s Strategic Plan, NOAA’s five- and 20-year Research Plan, the National Action Plan to Conserve Coral Reefs, the National Coral Reef Action Strategy and the U.S. Ocean Action Plan.
Ecosystem Research Plan is a product of the NOAA
Coral Reef Conservation Program, which consists of NOAA Research,
NOAA Ocean Service, NOAA
Fisheries Service, and NOAA
Satellite and Information Service. The plan covers all shallow-water
coral reef ecosystems under the jurisdiction of the United States and
is intended for resource managers, scientists, policy makers and the
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