Science Sunday: An Update on Coral Bleaching Impacts on Guam’s Coral Reefs


Guam’s coral reefs are bleaching…again in 2017.  According to NOAA Coral Watch, Guam will endure high ocean temperatures and endure another mass coral bleaching event for nearly two more months.

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Guam’s Heat Stress Gauge is one tool marine scientists/reef managers use Coral Bleaching  outlooks for Guam and around the Marianas.  Graphic by NOAA Coral Watch.
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Members conducting surveys in Piti’s soft coral habitat.  Photo by NOAA

On Guam, our local community has  taken the initiative to learn about or get involved with coral reef conservation in response to coral bleaching:

  • GCCRMP’s trained members have participated in coral reef monitoring surveys in Piti’s coral reefs to document bleaching.
  • Over 100 residents have attended Eyes of the Reef Marianas class and field training sessions over the summer of 2017.
  • Nearly 200 residents watched Chasing Corals at community screenings and participated in discussions about coral bleaching and Guam’s coral reefs.
  • Guam’s Coral Reef Response Team is currently conducting monitoring surveys around the island to track coral bleaching.

Let’s keep the momentum going!  Join us for Science Sunday, October 15th to meet members from Guam’s Coral Reef Response Team.  They will provide an update on how Guam’s coral reefs have been impacted by recent and past coral bleaching events.

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