Coral Gardens

Habitat: Coral Gardens

Description: The main characteristic of a coral garden is a relatively dense aggregation of colonies or individuals of one or more coral species. Coral gardens can occur on a wide range of soft and hard seabed substrata. For example, soft‐bottom coral gardens may be dominated by solitary scleractinians, sea pens or certain types of bamboo corals, whereas hard‐bottom coral gardens are often found to be dominated by gorgonians, stylasterids, and/or black corals

OSPAR Regions where it occurs: I, II, III, IV, V

OSPAR Regions where under threat and/or in decline: I, II, III, IV, V

What is the latest status of the feature?

The status assessment describes the latest changes in distribution, abundance and range of the feature, as well as any changes in the threats and pressures impacting the feature. The status assessments are updated regularly and inform OSPAR’s consideration of the effectiveness of the measures and actions that have been adopted and implemented by Contracting Parties.

Why is this feature included on the OSPAR List?

What protective measures and actions has OSPAR committed to taking?

What actions have been implemented by OSPAR?

An implementation report will be published in late 2022