Repairing the Reef: West Hawai’i Focuses on Habitat
On Hawai’i Island, NOAA is partnering with The Nature Conservancy, local communities, government agencies, non-profit organizations and businesses to restore habitat and improve coral reef health along with other natural and cultural resources.
Discover the Deep-Sea Corals of Maine
Scientists with NOAA Fisheries discover deep-sea coral gardens close to shore (25 miles) and shallow (700 feet). Unknown until 2014, these Gulf of Maine spots abound with corals, cod, and a snapping goosefish. Look out!
Corals: The Bottom Line
A montage of Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean and Indo-Pacific corals in celebration of NOAA Fisheries' Corals Week: impacts and threats to corals as well as reef restoration efforts by NOAA and partners.
Habitat Exploration: Deep-Sea Corals
More than 70 underwater canyons exist off the northeastern coast of the US, some more than three miles deep. In this video, journey to the deep and discover new species of deep-sea coral and more through the eye of a remotely operated vehicle (ROV).
Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center Marine Debris Project
Marine debris threatens coral reef and coastal habitats around the world. In Hawaii, marine debris and derelict fishing gear presents entanglement hazards to numerous marine species - Hawaiian monk seal, green sea turtle, and humpback whale.
2012 West Coast deep-sea coral research cruise
In 2012 NOAA and partners participated in a research cruise off the West Coast to explore and map deep-sea corals and sponges, associated fish and invertebrates, and document impacts from marine debris and bottom contact fishing gear.
2013 Okeanos Explorer NE Canyons Coral Expedition
In 2013 the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer used an ROV to conduct visual surveys in canyons and a seamount off the Northeastern US seaboard. 31 ROV dives from 490 to 3,300 meters (1,608 to 10,827 feet) were completed.
Dr. Lubchenco Visits Florida Keys Coral Nursey in 2010
NOAA Administrator Dr. Jane Lubchenco joins NOAA staff and Recovery Act project partners as they tour the Wellwood restoration site at Molasses Reef in the Florida Keys. They examine transplanted staghorn and elkhorn corals and a coral nursery.
Removing Invasive Algae in Hawaii
In 2009, NOAA provided $3.4 million in Recovery Act funding to The Nature Conservancy to remove invasive algae from coral reef in Hawaii’s Maunalua Bay.
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Acadian redfish and Paramuricea corals found in the Gulf of Maine. Credit: Kraken 2 ROV 2014.
Coral Forests of the Deep
Deep-sea corals provide habitats for a huge variety of organisms. These ecosystems are also important for commercial fish stocks. Yet for all their value, these reefs are at risk, due to trawling, ocean acidicification and other human activities.
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