Coral ecosystem plan



With climate change, unsustainable fishing practices, and disease “transforming coral communities at regional to global scales,” a 30 July report from the U.S. Geological Survey outlines a strategy for conducting research on coral ecosystems. The report indicates that USGS coral ecosystem research will focus on three major themes during the next five years, as funding permits: reef structure, ecological integrity, and the role of marine reserves; land-based and local impacts; and responses to global change.

“Strategic Science for Coral Ecosystems” is available at the Web site: