The plans put forward by the USCRTF, however, place far too much emphasis on monitoring and mapping and far too little emphasis on abating threats and effectively managing reefs.
Although the USCRTF has recognized the importance of MPAs in conserving reefs, it has not given the government agencies that have responsibility for implementation guidance on how to optimally design these protected areas.
Since its formation in June of 1998, the USCRTF has made some strides toward better monitoring, information sharing, and management coordination for reefs under U.S.
The USCRTF now has a roadmap to increase understanding about coral reefs and better protect them from further destruction, embodied in the National Action Plan to Conserve Coral Reefs.
Will the USCRTF now be able to do what it could not in the first five years of its existence: stem the tide of degradation affecting U.S.