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Oil Spills in Coral Reefs: Planning and Response Considerations

Close-up photo of orange coral polyps.
Close-up of coral polyps, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary (NOAA)

This report summarizes relevant research on coral reefs. It was written for spill response decision-makers and anyone working in or planning for spill response in coral reef regions.

For example, experienced responders unfamiliar with coral reefs may want background on coral ecology and terminology, while biologists may want an overview of toxicity issues related to coral, and response and cleanup applied to coral reefs, in particular.

Oil Spills in Coral Reefs is the first in a series of publications prepared by NOAA's Office of Response and Restoration to provide response-related information on specific warm-water resources. Other publications in the series can be accessed through the blue navigation bar at the page top.

Download the Report: Oil Spills in Coral Reefs: Planning and Response Considerations Report [PDF, 1.1 MB]. Originally published in 2001, the report was updated in July 2010.

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Last updated Thursday, August 10, 2023 5:15am PDT