Status of Coral Reefs in East Asian Seas Region: 2018

Photo credit: Anett Szaszi

One of the immediate future goals of the East Asian Seas regional network is to analyze reef status trends in response to threats and management over the long-term.

Responding to the ‘Call to Action’, the Ministry of the Environment of Japan and the Japan Wildlife Research Center, in association with the regional coordinators on coral monitoring for Northeast and Southeast Asia have worked with national coral reef monitoring coordinators to produce a regional status of coral reefs since 2004. This 2018 report contains special issues on the mass coral bleaching event that occurred from 2014 to 2017, which was the third of global coral bleaching events since 1998.