February 13th, 2020 – The Healthy Reefs for Healthy People Initiative (HRI) releases its 2020 Mesoamerican Reef Health Report Card.

PRESS RELEASE – Mesoamerican Reef – February 13th, 2020, issued by Melanie McField , Director-Healthy Reefs Initiative /Smithsonian Institution

CARIBBEAN’S LARGEST BARRIER CORAL REEF SYSTEM FACES NEW THREATS, BUT ALSO TESTS NEW SOLUTIONS

To read the full report and findings see: https://www.healthyreefs.org/cms/report-cards/ 


PRESS RELEASE February 13th, 2020 -­ The Healthy Reefs for Healthy People Initiative (HRI) today released its 2020 Mesoamerican Reef Health Report Card. For the first time in 12 years of tracking the health of the largest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere, the overall condition of this vital ecosystem has deteriorated. The Reef Health Index (RHI), which synthesizes ecological data into a “Dow Jones” style index, decreased from 2.8 in 2016 to 2.5 in 2018. Despite the recent decline, reef health still shows improvement compared to 2006 when the HRI monitoring efforts began.

About the Healthy Reefs Initiative:  Founded in 2003, Healthy Reefs for Healthy People (HRI) is a collaborative international initiative, hosted by the Smithsonian Institution and made up of more than 70 partners, that quantitatively assesses coral reef health and informs science-based management recommendations for the Mesoamerican Reef Ecosystem (MAR). HRI aims to improve reef management and decision-making to effectively sustain an economically and ecologically thriving MAR eco-region. Together with our partners, we are scaling-up and improving coral reef conservation, restoration and management throughout the region.  Find out more at: http://www.healthyreefs.org.