World News: 16:05 GMT Tuesday 3rd December 2019. [National Fish and Wildlife Foundation via Globe Newswire via SPi World News]

WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 03, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) today announced more than $1.4 million in grants to support community-based efforts to improve the health and resilience of coral reefs. The 14 grants will generate more than $964,000 in matching contributions for a total conservation impact of nearly $2.4 million.

The grants were awarded through the , a partnership between NFWF and NOAA's Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP), with additional support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service.

The projects supported by the grants announced today will address three key strategies in coral reef conservation:

"The projects awarded today address some of the leading threats to nearshore coral reefs," said Jeff Trandahl, executive director and CEO of NFWF. "We are proud to continue our partnership with NOAA to reduce these threats and help our nation's reefs be more resilient to global stressors."

"Now more than ever, we need to come together to make a real difference in conserving corals," said Jennifer Koss, director of the NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program. "Every year the quality of proposals increases and funding decisions are harder, which is a real testament to NOAA and NFWF building upon years of work in coral reef research and management."

This year's Coral Reef Conservation Fund grant recipients include:

A complete list of the 2019 grants made through the Coral Reef Conservation Fund is available .

Since 2000, the Coral Reef Conservation Fund has awarded more than $25 million in federal and non-federal funds and leveraged more than $26 million in matching funds for more than 400 coral conservation projects in 21 U.S. states and territories and 52 countries.

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