The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is an agency of the United States Department of Commerce. It conducts environmental research. The mission of NOAA is to understand and predict changes in the Earth’s environment and conserve and manage coastal and marine resources.
NOAA’s Coral Reef Information System (CoRIS) was launched in 2002 as a single point of access to NOAA’s coral reef information and data products. The links include resources for students interested in learning more about reefs as well as lesson plans and other useful information for educators.
SeaWorld/Busch Gardens Animal Information Database. A clear and concise website covering the biology of coral and coral reefs, with good illustrations.
The Marine Education Society of Australasia, MESA, provides a forum for the sharing of ideas to facilitate the development of leading environmental education and interpretation programs with a coastal and marine focus. MESA also promotes the sustainable use of marine and coastal environments through education.
Provides a good overview of Coral Reefs. It has good teacher resources.
A joint venture between NASA/JPL and the Texas A&M Department of Oceanography, USA
It focuses on Oceanography but also has lots of good information on fishes and reefs. A wonderful resource for those tough to answer questions about the oceans.
The Australian museum fish site. Identify a fish, fish movie clips and FAQ about fish.
An introductory guide to Acropora coral identification designed by 2 of the world’s leading coral taxonomists. This simple interactive site is fun and easy to use. There’s also a worldwide Acropora identification Key that allows users to identify Acorpora corals online.