To facilitate evolutionary adaptation to climate change, we must protect networks of coral reefs that span a range of environmental conditions — not just apparent ‘refugia’.… Continue Reading →
Here we present a case study of Los Micos Lagoon, a coastal lagoon responsible for seeding fish biomass in sites with some of the highest live coral cover in the Mesoamerican Region, the Tela Bay (Honduras) reefs.… Continue Reading →
We explore the extent to which habitat complexity, as detected by the Atlas, can inform adaptive capacity. Beta-diversity is a common index used to assess environmental heterogeneity within natural systems, indicating the change in species/habitat composition across a landscape.… Continue Reading →
In this study, we helped address this gap by comprehensively reviewing coral bleaching field survey methods as a first step for global ground-truthing of the Allen Coral Atlas (the Atlas) satellite-based bleaching monitoring tool. To do this, we implemented both qualitative and quantitative approaches to assess the most commonly applied survey methods in published literature… Continue Reading →
Assessing the potential for demographic restoration and assisted evolution to build climate resilience in coral reefs
Interest is growing in developing conservation strategies to restore and maintain coral reef ecosystems in the face of mounting anthropogenic stressors, particularly climate warming and associated mass bleaching events…… Continue Reading →
We highlight the environmental and biological factors that predict the ongoing climate impactsof coral reefs, and explore the potential for adaptation, acclimation and stress tolerance of coral reefs.… Continue Reading →
Key issues and opportunities for managing healthy watersheds that benefit both coral reefs and communities.… Continue Reading →
Whitepaper: The Role of Coral Reef Small-Scale Fisheries for Addressing Malnutrition and Avoiding Biodiversity Loss
We outlined how integrated management of coral reef foods can help address both malnutrition and biodiversity loss.… Continue Reading →
Your donation allowed us and our partners to ensure that a highly coveted lagoon and popular fish breeding ground was properly patrolled against illegal fishing. This, along with our previous efforts to set boundaries around fishing rights, led to a 483% increase in fish biomass in the lagoon.… Continue Reading →
With your help, we galvanized nearly 30 partners to launch a regional water quality testing program in México, Belize, and Honduras this year—the data will bring us one step closer to being able to tackle sewage pollution along the entire Mesoamerican Reef.… Continue Reading →
Evolution and connectivity influence the persistence and recovery of coral reefs under climate change in the Caribbean, Southwest Pacific, and Coral Triangle
Here, we used eco-evolutionary simulations to examine coral adaptation to warming across reef networks in the Caribbean, the Southwest Pacific, and the Coral Triangle. We found that evolution can be critical in preventing extinction and facilitating the long-term recovery of coral communities in all regions.
Assessing human well-being constructs with environmental and equity aspects: A review of the landscape
Based on the findings of our review, we identify several pathways forward for the development and implementation of well-being frameworks that can inform efforts to leverage well-being for public policy.
Local fishers held a wealth of knowledge of the various fish species of the region, but that information wasn’t documented anywhere. Now, by partnering with the fishers to create detailed fish catalogs for the region, CORAL has helped preserve this vast local expertise and make it more accessible to the general public.
The objective of this monthly lagoon monitoring program is to evaluate the state of fisheries in Laguna de los Micos to better understand the impact of lagoon closures. Although this methodology was developed for Laguna de Los Micos, this protocol can be implemented in any lagoon along the Honduran Caribbean coast.
The Fisheries Management Plan for Tela Bay seeks to establish a tool for the integrated and sustainable development of fishing activity in Tela Bay. The management plan seeks to achieve three main objectives that integrate three key areas for the management of fisheries resources: ecological, social and economic.
This study evaluates the socioeconomic status of artisanal fishers in Tela Bay, Honduras, to understand the current systems of governance and decision-making and inform the applicability of fishing management tools.