Coral Reef Ecosystem Report

The State of Coral Reef Ecosystems of the United States and Pacific Freely Associated States: 2008 was released to the public on July 7, 2008 at the 11th International Coral Reef Symposium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This NOAA report attempts to provide a comprehensive picture of the status of shallow-water coral reef ecosystems in the United States and Pacific Freely Associated States.

The URL below has links to download pdfs of the entire report as well as of individual chapters. The chapters covering Hawaii and other Pacific areas are:
• Hawaii
• Northwest Hawaiian Islands
• American Samoa
• Pacific Remote Island Areas
• Marshall Islands
• Federated States of Micronesia
• Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
• Guam
• Palau

More than 270 researchers contributed to the 569-page report and each section team was asked to include information on: 1) the types and distribution of the reefs in the area; 2) the key threats for the location; 3) existing monitoring programs; 4) data generated by current monitoring programs regarding water quality, benthic habitats, and associated biological communities; 5) current conservation and management actions; and 6) the overall status of the coral reefs in the location and recommendations for future research and management.

This is the third in a series of assessments of the current status of 15 U.S. coral reef ecosystems in the Pacific, Atlantic, Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico; links to the 2002 and 2005 reports are also available at this URL.

Report available at


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