Impact of the 3rd Global Coral Bleaching Event on the Western Indian Ocean: 2016

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The third global coral bleaching event started in the North Pacific in the summer of 2014, and continued for a record 3 years, only dissipating in 2017. It affected the Western Indian Ocean (WIO) between January and May 2016, and was the strongest bleaching event to occur in the region since 1998.

The main objective of this report is to provide updated information on the status of coral reefs in the region after the 2016 mass coral bleaching event. Secondary objectives are to a) update the national and regional databases on coral reef health, and b) strengthen coral reef monitoring networks in the region.