A monitoring multi-tool for coral reef managers

As coral reefs decline, our dependency upon them for tourism, fishery production and social wellbeing grows. Confronted with competing values and a growing list of pressures on coral reefs, how are managers to identify the most effective interventions, prioritise their actions and allocate scarce resources? In September 2013, twenty one experts from the Great Barrier Reef, the Caribbean and USA came together to address this need.

 Hosted by the Australia Caribbean Coral Reef Collaboration and the Soufriere Marine Management Association, the international workshop took on the challenge of developing a prototype rapid assessment and monitoring protocol (a monitoring ‘multitool’) for addressing key information needs of coral reef managers - identifying key pressures, assessing ecological condition and understanding the flows of ecosystem benefits to people.