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U.S. Coral Reef Task Force to meet in Washington, DC

Meeting open to the public and media
March 28, 2019 The U.S. Coral Reef Task Force will hold its biannual meeting on April 4 in Washington, D.C. Key topics will include lessons learned from storm recovery efforts in the Pacific and Caribbean, response to Florida’s stony coral tissue loss disease, advances in technology for coral reef management and updates on coral restoration efforts.
National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa is home to the only true tropical reef in the National Marine Sanctuary System! Here in the reefs surrounding Aunu'u Island, a few pink anemonefish nestle into an anemone.

Co-chaired by the Department of Commerce and the Department of the Interior, the meeting brings together representatives from 12 federal agencies, officials from American Samoa, Florida, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and delegates from the three freely associated states of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of Palau.

WHAT:

41st meeting of the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force. Full meeting agenda.

HOW:

Members of the public and media who plan to attend must register online.

WHERE:

U.S. Department of the Interior Auditorium
1849 C Street NW
Washington, DC 20240

WHO:  

Department of Commerce

  • Retired Navy Rear Adm. Tim Gallaudet, Ph.D., assistant secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere

  • Jennifer Koss, director, NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program

Department of the Interior

  • Nikolao Pula, director, DOI Office of Insular Affairs

Contact
Robin Garcia, 240-533-0776; 202-256-6615 (cell)