Coral Reef Conservation Program (NOAA)

NOAA's Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP) is a cross-cutting program that brings together expertise from a wide array of NOAA programs and offices. In strong partnership with coral reef managers, the CRCP works to reduce harm to, and restore the health of, coral reefs, including deep-water corals, by addressing priority national threats and local management priorities through conservation activities.

The CRCP was established in 2000 to help fulfill NOAA's responsibilities under the Coral Reef Conservation Act of 2000 (CRCA) and the Presidential Executive Order 13089 on Coral Reef Protection. The CRCP’s mission is to support effective management and sound science to preserve, sustain, and restore valuable coral reef ecosystems for future generations.

CRCP funds and conducts reef conservation activities by NOAA and its partners in the seven U.S. states and jurisdictions containing coral reefs (American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Florida, Guam, Hawai`i, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands), uninhabited islands including the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands and Pacific Remote Island Areas, and internationally, including the Pacific Freely Associated States. International efforts primarily focus on the regions of the Caribbean, Micronesia, Samoa and the Southwest Pacific, and the Coral Triangle. The Coral Reef Conservation Program’s mission is to support effective management and sound science to preserve, sustain, and restore valuable coral reef ecosystems for future generations.

STEM Ed Initiatives: 


NOAA's Coral Reef Conservation Program has developed over 50 lesson plans and two full curricula in the Life Science and Earth Science subject areas from grades 3-12. These curricula and lesson plans were developed through a partnership between teachers, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and various branches of NOAA. Lesson plans or curriculum are avialble as PDF downloads. Additonally, CRCP has produced short, fun, educational classroom activities that can be used to complement lesson plans and curriculum or used as stand-alone student activities. These activities include coloring pages, crossword puzzles, jeopardy games, simple experiments, and physical activities that introduce students to marine concepts and issues.

Multimedia Resources:

Coral resources created through the NOAA/NSTA partnership- includes SciGuides, Science Objects, SciLinks, archives of symposia presented at NSTA conventions, Webinars, etc.

Coral Videos- View videos about coral that have been produced by the Coral Reef Conservation Program and other NOAA offices.

National Marine Sanctuaries Media Library- The National Marine Sanctuaries Media Library is an online vault where a comprehensive collection of select video clips and high-resolution still images from America's underwater treasures are securely stored and available for searchable access and download. Use key words to search for coral images, or browse the collections from Fagatele Bay, the Florida Keys, Flower Garden Banks, Gray's Reef, and Hawaiian Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuaries, as well as the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument.

NOAA Coral Kingdom Photo Library- The NOAA Photo Library includes high-resolution images of fish, invertebrates and scuba divers from Caribbean, Pacific and Red Sea coral reefs.

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