The Palau no-take model and global warming
Noah Idechong of the Palau Conservation Society has successfully pressed for the extension of reef protection to areas in Palau that "best resist bleaching, or recover fastest from it". His achievements, including this one, are remarkable, and he has been widely hailed for them (see, for example here and here).
It has been claimed, at ITMEMS and elsewhere, that an approach to management that takes special account of reefs that resist and recover from bleaching offers the best practicable strategy in many circumstances in the face of rising sea temperatures (assuming, of course, that other human pressures are brought under control). 'Reslience' has become a buzzword in tropical marine conservation management.
As noted here, the IPCC WGII summary includes language that allows for the possibility of thermal adaptation or acclimatisation by corals to temperature rises of up to 3°C during the 21st century. But I have yet to encounter a scientist who thinks corals really could adapt to such rapid change (see, for example The canary and the parrot).
[P.S. 6pm 17 April: I have now talked to a scientist who says that one should not rule out the possibility that corals have the capacity to adapt this fast; but he is careful about going on the record, seeking to minimise the chances of being quoted out of context]