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Who We Are

The Coral Disease and Health Consortium (CDHC) was created in 2002, in response to the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force’s (USCRTF) National Action Plan to Conserve Coral Reefs. Our goal is to provide coastal and ocean managers with scientific understanding and tools to help protect healthy coral reef ecosystems and restore degraded ones.

The CDHC is a network of field and laboratory scientists, coral reef managers, and agency representatives devoted to understanding coral health and disease. It is extensive, highly collaborative, and completely voluntary. Currently over 150 partners, including federal agencies, EPA, DOI, NOAA along with academia, non-profit and industry, contribute their time and expertise to the CDHC, while organizational infrastructure is supported by the congressionally funded Coral Conservation Program.

The commitment to share information, ideas, and common goals led to the development of a national research plan (Coral Disease and Health: A National Research Plan) that has inspired many to seek funding and devote new resources to the study and amelioration of coral disease.

U.S. Coral Reef Task Force Resolution 16.6 requested the Coral Disease and Health Consortium to serve as a Task Force Working Group to organize and coordinate scientific resources to address coral health and disease issues and link them to coral reef management (such as Local Action Strategies), with emphasis on diagnostics, etiology, outbreak investigations, training, and responses. (www.coralreef.gov)

Partners

Some of our partners include (but are not limited to) the following:

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Caribbean Coral Reef Institute (CCRI)

http://ccri.uprm.edu/

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Center for Marine and Environmental Studies, University of the Virgin Islands

http://www.uvi.edu/sites/uvi/Pages/CMES-Home.aspx

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Dry Tortugas National Park

http://www.nps.gov/drto/index.htm

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Hawaii Coral Reef Iniative (HCRI)

http://www.hcri.ssri.hawaii.edu/

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Keys Marine Laboratory

http://www.keysmarinelab.org/

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Mote Marine Laboratory

http://www.mote.org/

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National Coral Reef Institute (NCRI)

http://www.nova.edu/ncri/

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NOAA National Marine Sanctuary - Flower Garden Banks

http://flowergarden.noaa.gov

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NOAA National Marine Sanctuary - Gray's Reef

http://graysreef.noaa.gov/

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Coral Reef Genomics Group Red Sea Research Center (RSRC)

http://faculty.kaust.edu.sa/sites/christianvoolstra/Pages/home.aspx