Coral Reef Conservation

It is Department Defense policy to protect U.S. and international coral reef systems and avoid impacting coral reefs to the maximum extent possible. The U.S. Navy, representing the Department of Defense, is one of twelve federal agencies on the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force. The task force leads, coordinates, and strengthens federal actions to better preserve and protect coral reef ecosystems. The U.S. currently has jurisdiction over 17,000 square kilometers of coral reef ecosystems, most of which are found in the western Pacific and off the coasts of Florida and Puerto Rico. The programs are operated in American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Hawaii, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

DoD Coral Reef Implementation Plan

Coral Reef Conservation Guide for the Military