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  Government Sites

NOAA’s Coral Reef Online site, information about coral reefs as well as links to other resources.

NOAA site that provides information on the state and condition of US reefs.

United Nations Coral Reef Unit site.

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority Online.

United Nations Caribbean Environment Program


The United States National Park Service. Charged with the trust of preserving the natural resources of America, the National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the national park system for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations.

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires federal agencies to integrate environmental values into their decision making processes by considering the environmental impacts of their proposed actions and reasonable alternatives to those actions.

The mission of the Environmental Protection Agency is to protect human health and the environment.

Clean Air Act.  Under the Clean Air Act, EPA sets limits on certain air pollutants, including setting limits on how much can be in the air anywhere in the United States. This helps to ensure basic health and environmental protection from air pollution for all Americans. The Clean Air Act also gives EPA the authority to limit emissions of air pollutants coming from sources like chemical plants, utilities, and steel mills.


Growing public awareness and concern for controlling water pollution led to enactment of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act Amendments of 1972. As amended in 1977, this law became commonly known as the Clean Water Act. The Act established the basic structure for regulating discharges of pollutants into the waters of the United States.

The official web site of the International Coral Reef Initiative. ICRI is a joint innitiative of several countries (the United States, Japan, Australia, Jamaica, France, the United Kingdom, the Philippines, and Sweden) in partnership with other coral reef nations around the world, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), international organizations, multilateral development banks, and private sector businesses.

The Blue Flag Campaign is owned and run by the independent non-profit organisation Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). The Blue Flag Campaign includes environmental education and information for the public, decision makers and tourism operators.

The Center for Marine Conservation; renamed The Ocean Conservancy. Nonprofit group with links to the Ocean Action Network and other conservation issues.

The Global Coral Reef Alliance. A nonprofit aimed at promoting protection and sustainable management of coral reefs with information about the major issues effecting coral reefs.

The Hawai'i Coral Reef Network. Online network for environmental, scientific, governmental, and public communities involved in protecting Hawaii’s coral reefs. Includes online database of research activities.

Ocean Futures. A nonprofit group representing a merge between the Jean Michel Cousteau Marine Institute and the Free Willy Keiko Foundation. With links to world news on coral reefs.

ReefBase. Site provides access to data and information on coral reefs and associated shallow tropical habitats.

The truth about the ocean decline.

The World Fish Center. Involved in research on fisheries and other living aquatic resources. With links to FishBase (reference for fish based on common or scientific names), ReefBase, and TrawlBase.


Marine Conservation Biology Institute. Group based on promoting the multidisciplinary science of marine conservation biology.

The Cooperative Research Center for the Great Barrier Reefs. A knowledge-based partnership of coral reef managers, researchers and industry.

Reef Relief is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to preserving and protecting living coral reef ecosystems through local, regional and global efforts.

Akumal - The Place of the Turtle in Maya - is home of Centro Ecológico Akumal (CEA). As a non-profit organization, working to protect the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System, CEA facilitates academic research, environmental education, cultural exchange and policy influence.

The coral reefs in Singapore are found skirting many of the islands south of mainland Singapore. These comprise fringing and patch reefs.

VSO is an international development charity that works through volunteers.

Coral Cay Conservation is a British-based not-for-profit, international award-winning organization, dedicated to providing resources to help sustain livelihoods and alleviate poverty through the protection, restoration and management of coral reefs and tropical rainforests.

Reef Conservation International is a non-profit organization running non intensive, fun, all inclusive marine conservation trips to Belize in the Caribbean. Reef CI also conducts Reef Check surveys in Belize.

Conserving and protecting the natural resources of the Cayos Cochinos on the northern coast of Honduras.

Green Volunteers is a guide listing hundreds of conservation and wildlife projects throughout the world where little or no experience is required. There is also an online Information Network with continuous updates on new projects.

Frontier is a non-profit organization working to develop environmental conservation projects in marine and terrestrial areas, as well as English tuition in Central and South America, Africa and the Pacific Islands. Volunteers are recruited for long-term projects and can gain internationally recognized vocational conservation and expedition qualifications.

OceansWatch brings together the world's yachting, diving and conservation communities to provide humanitarian aid and undertake marine conservation projects for coastal communities in developing countries.  The organisation is working closely with Reef Check, offering training for its members and opportunities to join Reef Check surveys.
 combines photos, video and articles to entertain and educate all ages about water and all ocean animals are the stars! Watch videos and read about animals from around the world: whale sharks, sea lions, cuttlefish and so many more wacky sea creatures! “The ocean is better than cartoons!” believes Annie Crawley, the site’s creator.

Biosphere Expeditions is an international non-profit wildlife volunteer organisation, founded in 1999, that runs conservation expeditions aka conservation holidays for environmental volunteers all across the globe.


Monterey Bay Aquarium’s guide to “Seafood Watch”, a guide to eating sustainable seafood.


Image Gallery of fish searchable based on common and scientific names from the University of Florida’s Ichthyology Department.

Fish Eye View Cam. Online time compressed movies highlighting coral movement.

The World Atlas of Coral Reefs, a new book published in 2001. Introduction, sample pages, and images online.

Your Portal to Scuba Diving Worldwide

Outdoor Sports - Scuba Diving, Fishing, Riding, Climbing, Kayaking; A useful site for anyone looking to take up an outdoor sport, as well being a great resource for the enthusiast!
  Schools and Programs
Marine Biology Web. With links to marine programs worldwide.

Sea Grant. A partnership between the nation's universities and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Good resource for grants.


Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, Massachusetts. Offering undergraduate, graduate and postdoc studies, as well as professional study and opportunities.

The Coastal Resources Center based at the University of Rhode Island. Provides training both domestically and abroad to promote integrated coastal management.

Institute for Tropical Marine Ecology

Sail Caribbean offers teen sailing and teen scuba diving summer camps for teenagers with marine biology, island exploration, international sailing certifications, and many other activities.