National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Coral Reef Ecosystem Status and Trends Report Cards
Under NOAA’s National Coral Reef Monitoring Plan (NCRMP), IAN-UMCES has received grant funding to develop and implement frameworks that help NCRMP regularly deliver national-level status reports to policy makers, resource managers, and any constituent concerned about the health of corals in any U.S. jurisdiction. Such reporting is essential to communicate and evaluate the efficacy of place-based investments in coral reef conservation. Status reports for each jurisdiction are compiled using regional fish, climate, benthic, and socio-economic data to accurately assess overall reef health. UMCES-IAN and NCRMP also strive to include local stakeholders throughout development so that all data and stories provided in each status report can represent both regional and national priorities for these natural resources. Status reports for U.S. territories in the Pacific - including Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the Pacific Remote Islands - were released in December 2018, and a similar set of status reports U.S. coral habitats in the Atlantic - including Flower Garden Banks, Florida, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico - were made available online in May 2020. An overall National Status Report highlighting coral reef trends across both the Atlantic and Pacific basins is expected for release in September 2020.