The U.S. Coral Reef Task Force
The United States Coral Reef Task Force (Task Force) was established by Executive Order 13089 on June 11, 1998 (63 Fed. Reg. 32701). The Task Force is an interagency body that works to develop and implement comprehensive, multi-disciplinary, and coordinated approaches to preserve and protect U.S. coral reef ecosystems and to encourage sound coral reef conservation practices globally.
U.S. Coral Reef Task Force members participate in the 11th biennial meeting. Photo courtsey of NOAA's Coral Reef Conservation Program.
The Task Force seeks to use existing agency programs, statutory authorities, competencies, and capabilities to promote coral reef conservation consistent with U.S. law and treaty obligations. The Task Force functions as a clearinghouse and coordinating mechanism for federal, state, and territorial agencies involved in coral reef ecosystem protection and management efforts. The Task Force also advises members concerning the impact of their actions and programs upon coral reefs and encourages cooperation and partnerships to conserve coral reef ecosystems worldwide.