IAN facilitates Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Report Card workshop

Participants working on a map displaying features of the Hawaiian Archipelago.IAN kicked off the workshop for the Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Report Card January 23-24th in Honolulu, Hawaii. This is the third report card for the NOAA Coral Reef Report Card project, following the pilots in American Samoa and Florida. Heath, Caroline, and Alex facilitated the workshop with about 30 participants including people from NOAA, Hawaii Division of Aquatic Resources, University of Hawaii, The Nature Conservancy, and Conservation International. The workshop included great information and discussions about values, threats, indicators, and key stories for Hawaii's coral reefs, including the main Hawaiian Islands and the protected, un-inhabited northwestern Hawaiian islands.

The Mariana Islands are a unique part of the United States

A traditional fisherman throws his net outside the workshop venue.Guam and Saipan are both islands in the Mariana Archipelago and belong to two different US territories. Guam is it's own territory at the southern end of the island chain, and Saipan is part of the Commonwealth for the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), which includes all the other islands. IAN traveled to Guam and Saipan to conduct report card workshops for the Mariana Islands. This is the fifth report card for the NOAA Coral Reef Report Card project, following the pilots in American Samoa and Florida. Heath, Caroline, and Alex facilitated the workshops with about 25 participants. The Mariana Islands have not only a rich diversity in coral reefs, but also a fascinating history of colonization by many groups, from the Chamorros to the Americans.

Now available - Coral reef status reports for the Pacific jurisdictions

The cover of the document shows an image of a coral reef underwater with blue water above. There is a yellow circle with whit text that reads Effective coral reef conservation cannot be accomplished without an informed and engaged public. Read theĀ five coral reef status reports to find out more! These coral status reports provide communities and decision-makers with information about managing and conserving coral reef ecosystems in five Pacific jurisdictions (American Samoa, the Hawaiian Archipelago, the Pacific Remote Islands, Guam, and the Northern Marianas Islands. These status reports provide a geographically specific assessment of each jurisdictions' coral reef condition using four categories of coral reef health: corals and algae, fish, climate, and human connections. This project is a partnership between IAN and NOAA's Coral Reef Conservation Program.

Atlantic Coral Reef Status Reports

Separate reports were published for each U.S. Atlantic reef: Florida, Flower Garden Banks, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands. Reef status ranged from good to impaired.

National Coral Report

Years in the making, Coral reef condition: a status report for U.S. Coral Reefs synthesizes data to determine the health of Pacific and Atlantic coral reefs. Nine jurisdiction-specific coral status reports were published prior to this national report. For more information, visit the Coral Reef Information System or our reef project page.

U.S. Coral Reefs are in fair condition, but vulnerable to further decline

On November 10th, IAN held a press event with NOAA'S Coral Reef Conservation Program to launch the national coral reef status report. Years in the making, Coral reef condition: a status report for U.S. Coral Reefs synthesizes data from four categories (corals & algae, fish, climate, and human connections) to determine the health of Pacific and Atlantic coral reefs. The report is designed to be accessible for the general public and policy makers, utilizing color-rich visuals and descriptive text. Nine jurisdiction-specific coral status reports were published prior to this national report. For more information, visit the Coral Reef Information System or our reef project page.

Upcoming meetings and conferences

IAN projects and employees will be attending and presenting at a variety of virtual conferences this spring and summer, including: