A Research Review of Interventions to Increase the Resilience of Coral Reefs – Interim Report and Public Briefing Nov. 28

Around the world, coral reefs have seen major decline due to problems including climate change and widespread disease, in addition to local stress from pollution, overfishing, and habitat destruction.  Recent back-to-back global bleaching events caused by above-average ocean temperatures have increased coral reef losses significantly.  A major global ecosystem, coral reefs provide coastal communities with wave protection, fisheries and tourism, cultural heritage, and food and livelihoods.

A two-phase study by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is evaluating the risks and benefits of implementing novel ecological, genetic, and environmental interventions that could enhance the recovery and persistence of coral reefs.  The committee conducting the study will release a new interim report exploring the scientific research on a range of intervention strategies, including evaluation of their state of readiness. 

The report will be released at a public briefing event beginning at 1 p.m. EST Wednesday, Nov. 28, in Washington, D.C., where the chair of the committee will discuss the findings of the report and answer audience questions.  Those who cannot attend in person may watch a live webcast of the briefing at www.nationalacademies.org.

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Advance copies of A Research Review of Interventions to Increase the Resilience of Coral Reefs – Interim Report will be available to reporters only starting at 1 p.m. EST Tuesday, Nov. 27.  The report is embargoed and not for public release before 1 p.m. EST Wednesday, Nov. 28.  The public briefing will run from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. EST in Room 105 of the National Academies’ Keck Center, 500 Fifth St., N.W., Washington, D.C.  Reporters who wish to attend the briefing or obtain an embargoed copy of the report should contact the Office of News and Public Information at tel. 202-334-2138 or e-mail news@nas.edu.