Guam’s coral reefs are a precious resource – they create vital habitat for fishes and other marine species, support social and cultural activities, provide the backbone for Guam’s tourism industry, and protect our coastlines from storms and erosion. Despite their value, they are greatly threatened by both local stressors – such as pollution, overfishing, and recreational misuse – and the impacts of global climate change and ocean acidification. This year, our island recognizes Guam Year of the Reef 2018 (GYOR) in honor of our valuable coral reef ecosystems and in answer to the global call to action to better protect and manage coral reefs. The International Coral Reef Initiative has declared 2018 as the third International Year of the Reef. Local natural resource managers, scientists, and community leaders are working together to recognize this designation on Guam. Throughout 2018, Guam will host a series of public events and opportunities for everyone to get involved in coral reef conservation and management and improve the condition of our local reefs. More information and a calendar of events is available on our events page here
. Updates will also be posted on the GYOR Facebook page
(@GuamYearoftheReef2018). Like our page to stay informed!