Health and Environmental Effects Research
GED Scientist Serves on Multiagency Coral Reef Panel
William Fisher of NHEERL’s Gulf Ecology Division (GED) is serving on a multiagency panel to review and revise the National Coral Reef Monitoring Plan issued by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA’s) Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP). The plan is intended to provide a consistent flow of information to assess and report the status and trends of environmental conditions, living reef resources, and the people and processes that interact with coral reef ecosystems. The CRCP anticipates $4M annual funding for the national-scale monitoring effort that will include assessment of benthic community condition, fish community structure, and climate and human dimensions. Major coral reef ecosystems occur in seven U.S. jurisdictions and three freely associated states and affect the lives of millions living on islands and in coastal zones. Coral reefs are vulnerable to climate change effects, particularly rising seawater temperatures and coastal acidification, and are made less resilient by local land-based sources of pollution. The panel meets June 5-6, 2012, at NOAA headquarters. Panel members include representatives from the National Park Service, the Fish and Wildlife Service, NOAA, EPA, and academia.