The Syracuse University Environmental Finance Center (SU-EFC) helps facilitate an inter-agency effort created by the US EPA to protect coral reefs off the shores of Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. The Caribbean Coral Reef Protection Group, which consists of US EPA and other government agencies, coordinates efforts to protect coral reefs. This will ensure that resources are used wisely and work from one agency compliments the work of another. Coral reef ecosystems throughout the Caribbean are being damaged by a growing number of problems such as overfishing, sediment runoff, pollution, disease, and climate change, which causes the water to become warmer and more acidic. By implementing measures to reduce those stresses that can be controlled locally, coral health can be improved and reefs can become more resilient.
The Caribbean Coral Reef Protection Group facilities closer working relationships among its member agencies to coordinate more effective government strategies in protecting coral reefs.