Discover variety of resources this portal have that were designed to enhance your understanding of corals, habitats and related species.
The spread of lionfish has been fast, and now they are threatening fishery resources and the health of corals in the Gulf of Mexico.
The rule establishes 13 new habitat areas of particular concern with fishing regulations, designates 8 new areas without fishing regulations, and modifies the regulations in 3 existing areas.
The gulf council managed a comprehensive database of ESA threatened coral locations in the Gulf of Mexico. Explore the ESA Coral explorer database.
Many economically important coral reef fishes (e.g., groupers, snappers) in the Gulf migrate to specific places to form spawning aggregations and can result… Continue Reading Spawning, aggregations and connectivity in the Gulf
Reef-building corals are increasingly being exposed to persistent threats that operate on both regional and global scales, and there is a need to… Continue Reading Non-climatic stressors for corals in the Gulf
Coral cover can be influenced by biotic stressors such as the presence of invasive species and substrate competition with other benthic invertebrates. Invasive… Continue Reading Coral Reef Invasive Species
Climate Change affects the corals as well as fishes and other organisms associated with the reefs. Shifting the the overall architecture of the… Continue Reading Climate Change Impacts to Reef Associated Species
Some of the oldest known benthic marine organisms are black corals of genus Leopathes. These ancient deep-sea corals (Leiopathes spp.) are very slow-growing… Continue Reading Ancient Deep-Sea Corals