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CORAL WATCH
 
Small grants for reef conservation available
Source: NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program
Sept 6, 2021 The NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program announces the availability of funding for General Coral Reef Conservation Grants (GCRCGP) for FY08. Applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM EST, November 1, 2021. This program provides funding to institutions of higher education, non-profit organizations, commercial organizations, Freely Associated State
government agencies, and local and Indian tribal governments to support coral reef conservation projects in the United States and the Freely Associated States in the Pacific, as authorized under the Coral Reef Conservation Act of 2000. The full funding announcement and federal forms can be found at www.grants.gov. or by emailing andy.bruckner@noaa.gov or Liz.fairey@noaa.gov.

Coral Watch Links

CORAL WATCH
Provides kits for users to monitor coral bleaching and assess coral health

SECORE
An initiative of public aquariums and coral research institutions dedicated to nature conservation through the sustainable management of coral reefs

NOAA'S DRY TORTUGAS RESEARCH CRUISE
Corals are threatened by everything from global warming to destructive fishing gear. A heavy subject, but if there's anywhere you'd like to be as a scientist studying those effects, it's the Dry Tortugas National Park. The seven islands, composed of coral reefs and sand, are host to famous birds and marine wildlife. The name is derived from the abundance of turtles that were once found there. NOAA recently conducted the Tortugas Cruise 2007, studying the amazing corals and the ecosystems they support. You can follow the cruise at this NOAA website and see some amazing photos.

 
 
Task Force launches climate change effort,
announces International Year of the Reef

Source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Aug 27, 2021 During its biannual meeting this week in Pago Pago, American Samoa, the U. S. Coral Reef Task Force announced the formation of a new climate change working group and endorsed an action plan for the International Year of the Reef 2008 that will involve government and non-government partners in conservation. The new climate change working group is charged with developing best practices to help local resource managers minimize the impact of climate-induced stresses like coral bleaching while better educating the public about the impacts of climate change on the health and survival of reef resources. Components of the decision also called for developing bleaching response plans for each U.S. state and territory with reefs, and assessing what expertise and resources federal agencies have to mitigate risk and damage. For more information, visit the US Coral Reef Task Force online, NOAA or the US Department of the Interior.
Coral spawning at Flower Garden Banks
Source: Flower Garden Banks NMS
Aug 20, 2021 - Small amounts of coral spawn were observed at the East Flower Garden Bank in the NW Gulf of Mexico, on the evening of August 5, 2007. Water temperature at depth was 84F. Salinity was measured at 25m at 34.2ppt, and 31.7ppt on the surface. This freshwater event was also reflected in NOAA satellite imagery.
 
Podcast examines coral decline
Source: www.earthsky.org
Aug 28, 2021 - Listen to a 10-minute podcast on Earth and Sky, as a marine scientist tracks coral reef history to explain coral decline:

Coral reefs in decline: has it happened before?

Dr. Aronson of the Dauphin Island Sea Lab in Alabama
 
Caribbean bleaching spreadsheet available
Source: CoralList
Aug 3, 2021 - a spreadsheet has been developed for entering and partially analyzing bleaching category data, specifically for the Caribbean. To use it one needs to be able to identify corals to the genus or species and estimate the extent of bleaching of each colony. The method has the advantage of giving taxa and site-specific bleaching indices. It is available on the web along with a slide show that explains the method in more detail at:
http://idisk.mac.com/trmcclanahan-Public?view=web
   
Bleaching has begun in Florida Keys
Source: Mark Eakin (Mark.Eakin@noaa.gov), CoralList
July 31, 2021 - Following on to the increased potential for bleaching that we reported two weeks ago, thermal stress has continued to increase in the lower Florida Keys. This results from heating of the Florida Bay waters to an anomaly well over 1 degree C. Another similar region of anomalous warmth extends along the western coast of the Bahamas from Andros Island to Grand Bahamas Island. The Florida Bay waters that bathe the lower Florida Keys and the waters from northwestern Andros to Bimini have accumulated more than 4 degree weeks of warming, placing both areas under a Level 1 Bleaching Alert. The automated Satellite Bleaching Alert from earlier today follows. Please report any bleaching events (or non-events) at http://www.reefbase.org/input/bleachingreport/index.asp

Coral Reef Watch Resources:
Experimental Florida Reef Tract page
Google Earth data
Experimental Doldrums Product
NOAA's 24 index sites around the globe
Current HotSpot and Degree Heating Week charts, HDF data, and GoogleEarth products
NOAA's Integrated Coral Observing Network (ICON) for the Caribbean
 

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