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Discover the beauty & value of coral reefs in your National Parks

Coral Reef Ecosystems

Coral reef ecosystems are bastions of biodiversity where thousands of plant and animal species make their homes. Ten National Parks with coral reefs attract more than 1.5 million visits per year. Threats to the coral reef Parks include:

  • coral bleaching and disease
  • overfishing
  • impaired water quality
  • recreational impacts

The National Park Service is working to restore and maintain the exceptional biological and recreational values of coral reef Parks.

Wyland Photo
In celebration of IYOR 2008, the artist Wyland created this commemorative painting, 'Year of the Reef'.
Coral Reef
Virgin Islands Discovery: Corals live on unusual underwater habitat of mangrove prop roots on St. John.
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