First-Ever Coral Recovery Plan Gets Buy-In

The last several seasons of coral bleaching have caused devastating impacts in the Pacific, but a Coral Bleaching Recovery Plan highlights local actions to help injured reefs bounce back and at-risk corals to grow and reproduce.

Incorporating manager interviews worldwide and analyzing 207 peer-reviewed articles, the plan unveiled the two most popular recommendations: establishing a permanent network of “no-take” marine protected areas; and establishing a network of herbivore fishery management areas.

Hawaii’s Division of Aquatic Resources is exploring which of the recommended actions will work best for their state, and they are reaching out to stakeholders and local resource managers for further implementation.

The plan, co-authored by a former NOAA Coral Reef Management Fellow, was made possible by a cooperative agreement among NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program and Hawaii’s Division of Aquatic Resources. The University of Hawaii and The Nature Conservancy also helped develop the Coral Bleaching Recovery Plan. (2017)

More Information: Coral Bleaching Recovery Plan

Partners: Hawaii Division of Aquatic Resources, NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program and Management Fellowship, The Nature Conservancy, University of Hawaii.