Coral reefs are among the most diverse and biologically complex ecosystems in the world. One-quarter of all marine life depends on coral reefs for food and shelter. Healthy coral reefs benefit communities in many ways. People around the world depend on coral reef ecosystems for food, coastal protection, and income from tourism and fisheries.
What You Can Do
What EPA is Doing to Protect Coral Reefs
NEW! Recovery Potential Screening Tool Resource
The purpose of this document is to illustrate how the Recovery Potential Screening (RPS) Tool can be set up to evaluate and compare watersheds for sediment and nutrient runoff into coral reef ecosystems.
NEW! EPA Resource Guide
The EPA Resource Guide for Managers of Coastal Watersheds with Coral Reefs provides an overview of the most relevant EPA programs and tools that can help watershed managers address land-based sources of pollution that impact coral reefs.
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Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease
First identified in the Florida Keys in 2014, Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD) is spreading quickly through the Caribbean and causing high coral mortality. Find out what is being done to understand and prevent the spread of this deadly disease.
NEW! Learn more about EPA's work with the U.S. Coast Guard and Smithsonian Environmental Research Center on SCTLD