Celebrate Corals Week

Corals Week is December 4–8, 2023! Join us in celebrating this diverse group of invertebrate animals and the reef habitats they create.

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Tan corals fanning out with fish swimming among them The branches of fast-growing elkhorn coral provide important habitat for fish. Populations of this iconic coral have declined across the Caribbean due to disease, bleaching and storms. Credit: NOAA
Coral reef in Tres Palmas, Puerto Rico (Photo: NOAA) Coral reef in Tres Palmas, Puerto Rico (Photo: NOAA)
Scientists with flash lights overseeing experimental coral spawning  in lab tanks under red light. University of Hawaii’s Coral Research Lab staff watching the experimental corals in lab tanks spawning under red lights. Credit: University of Hawaii.
Black and white photo of the old Cape Shirreff field camp sitting in snow in the foreground. Behind that is a strip of ocean, and behind that are snow-covered mountains with the tops shrouded in clouds. Cape Shirreff. Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Doug Krause