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The Fellowship is a partnership between NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program, the Department of the Interior, All Islands Coral Reef Committee, and Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center. 

The NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program was established in 2000 by the Coral Reef Conservation Act to protect, conserve, and restore the nation's coral reefs by maintaining healthy ecosystem function. The NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program is an interdisciplinary effort of NOAA scientists and partners with state and territorial governments with coral reef resources, non-governmental organizations, academia, and local communities to inform effective coral reef resource management and best practice conservation science:

The Department of the Interior strengthens management of coral reef ecosystems, as a part of the Coral Reef Initiative Program in the Office of Insular Affairs (OIA) through grants to the U.S. Insular Areas. On behalf of the Secretary, the Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas coordinates federal policy and carries out administrative responsibilities through OIA whose mission is to foster economic opportunities, promote government efficiency, and improve the quality of life for the people of the insular areas:  

The U.S. All Islands Coral Reef Committee is a unified voice for the effective management for coral reef ecosystems in the U.S. and freely associated states. The U.S. All Islands Coral Reef Committee (AIC) ensures coordination and cooperation within and among State, Commonwealth, and Territorial agencies, along with Freely Associated States. Working together with federal agencies and partners, we are able to better manage and protect coral reef ecosystems for present and future generations:  

Nova Southeastern University's Halmos College of Arts and Sciences since 1966, has offered a marine science program to create new knowledge about the ocean. The waterfront campus near Port Everglades, Florida and state-of-the-art Guy Harvey Oceanographic Center boasts a seawater system and outside experimentation facility. Research includes fisheries, oil spills, climate change, biodiversity, conservation genetics, coral reefs, and the deep sea. The Halmos College partners with local, state and federal agencies in natural resource management driven research:

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