The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is preparing a “National Coral Reef Resilience Strategy,” according to a notice published last week.
“NOAA administers the Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP), which is implemented in the coastal areas and marine waters of Florida, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Gulf of Mexico, Hawaii, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, the U.S. Pacific Remote Island Area, and targeted international regions including the wider Caribbean, the Coral Triangle, the South Pacific and Micronesia. Publication of this document begins the official scoping period to help identify content for specific elements of the National Strategy. The intended effect of this notice is to provide the public with background on the scoping, seek specific input, and provide a general opportunity for comment the agency can consider while developing the National Strategy.”
The new strategy will replace the CRCP’s current Strategic Plan that was published in 2018, according to the notice.
Written comments on the proposed strategy are due by May 8, 2023, the notice states.
Check out the notice for information on how to submit comments here.