How do we respond and restore?

Two divers unload a basket full of loose corals into a safe holding area so that they can be returned after the rubble from the grounding site is removed, minimizing further impacts.
Two divers unload a basket full of loose corals into a safe holding area.

How do we respond and restore?

NOAA’s efforts to restore the environment are determined by the type of grounding that occurs. NOAA works with the U.S. Coast Guard and vessel salvage companies to identify the best way to remove a vessel while minimizing additional impacts. When ships run aground on coral reefs, emergency actions can be taken to salvage and reattach broken corals and to quickly stabilize reef structures. However, emergency restoration is not always comprehensive, and full recovery of corals and reef communities is often slow. In these instances, NOAA and its trustee partners often undertake off-site restoration projects nearby.