Frequent Questions

What is being done about coral reef protection?

Some federal environmental laws, including the Clean Water Act, the Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act, and the Rivers and Harbors Act, affect types of activities that may damage coral reef ecosystems in the United States.

EPA’s Pacific Southwest (Region 9) Office of Water has developed a Coral Reef Strategy to improve the focus on coral reef protection. Additional information about the Coral Reef Strategy as well as resources on coral reefs can be found on EPA’s Pacific Southwest Water Division Web sites.

For information about the effects of climate change on coral reefs and EPA’s recommendations, you may wish to review EPA’s Report on Climate Change in the U.S. – Benefits of Global Action.

For additional information about coral reef conservation, you may wish to visit the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Coral Reef Conservation Program Web site.

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