Corals are animals that “take root” on the ocean floor and can live in shallow waters or the deepest ocean canyons. Corals create underwater habitats and support more species than any other marine environment—they rival rainforests in their biodiversity. We work to better understand and conserve coral species and coral reef habitats.

Species News

The marine debris team removing a large derelict fishing net from the reef at Pearl and Hermes Atoll. The impact area of the net can be seen as a pale patch on the coral reef in the upper right corner of the image. Photo: NOAA Fisheries/Steven Gnam.
A diver attaches corals to the reef bottom. (Photo: Reef Resilience Network)

Research

Feature Story

The Impacts of Ghost Nets on Coral Reefs

Ghost nets are silently drifting through the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, snagging on coral reefs and entangling wildlife. Scientists in the Pacific Islands have observed ghost nets tumbling across expansive coral reef environments. They break, shade,…

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Peer-Reviewed Research

Successful Application of a Novel Technique to Quantify Negative Impacts of Derelict Fishing Nets on Northwestern Hawaiian Island Reefs

Use of structure from motion to quantify impacts of derelict fishing nets on shallow water coral…

Genetics and Evolution in the Pacific Northwest

Our science supports the conservation and management of marine and anadromous species, from deep-sea corals, to salmon, to whales. We employ advanced genetics and genomics tools to provide essential information for managing sustainable fisheries and…

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