Project Overview: A Reef Manager’s Guide to Coral Bleaching


EPA has participated in the production and release of a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority/World Conservation Union publication, A Reef Manager’s Guide to Coral Bleaching, which provides information on the causes and consequences of coral bleaching and discusses management strategies to help local and regional reef managers reduce the threat of climate change to coral reef ecosystems.

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The purpose of this report is to provide the latest scientific knowledge and discuss available management options to assist local and regional managers in responding effectively to mass coral bleaching events.
A Reef Manager’s Guide to Coral Bleaching is the result of a collaborative effort by over 50 scientists and managers to: (1) share the best available scientific information on climate-related coral bleaching; and (2) compile a tool kit of currently available strategies for adaptive management of coral reefs in a changing climate. The result is a compendium of current information, tools, and practical suggestions to aid managers in their efforts to protect reefs in a way that maximizes reef resilience in the face of continuing climate change.

The Guide is a joint publication of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, and The World Conservation Union, with author contributions from a variety of international partners from government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and academic institutions. EPA’s Office of Research and Development was a major contributor to the Guide through authorship and participation in the final review and editing process for the entire report.