Endangered Species Act Legal and Policy Review of Interventions to Increase the Persistence and Resilience of Coral Reefs

August 13, 2020

This legal and policy review examines coral intervention strategies in light of considerations and requirements of the Endangered Species Act.

In 2018, NOAA commissioned the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) to review and evaluate the rapid development of research on novel ecological, genetic, and environmental coral intervention strategies. These interventions have the potential to enhance recovery and sustainability of corals. In 2019, NASEM published A Research Review of Interventions to Increase the Persistence and Resilience of Coral Reefs.  Informed by the NASEM Report, NOAA developed an Action Plan on Coral Interventions. The Endangered Species Act Legal and Policy Review of Interventions to Increase the Persistence and Resilience of Coral Reefs examines the 23 coral interventions identified in the NASEM Report and provides guidance on ESA considerations and requirements as NMFS considers testing and implementing the suggested interventions as outlined in the NOAA Action Plan on Coral Interventions.

Last updated by Office of Protected Resources on 09/24/2020