What's happening and why should we care?
As a result of global warming, overfishing, pollution and damaging
ornamental fish collection, coral bleaching is occurring on a massive
scale. Coral bleaching is the separation of coral from the vital colourful
algae held within them. If the coral is not relieved from this stressful
state, it will eventually die.
Occupying less than one quarter of 1% of the marine environment,
coral reefs are home to more than 25% of all known marine fish species. (WWF 2017)
The global cost of coral bleaching is calculated to range from $20.0 billion (moderate bleaching) to over
$84.0 billion (severe bleaching; Nature Conservancy 2017).
Apart from coral's intrinsic value, Coral Reef's bring happiness and
spirituality to people all over the world!
A little optimism, please?
People are coming together from all over the world in an effort to
protect one of the most diverse, beautiful and critical environments on
Selective and captive breeding programs, out-planting, and awareness campaigns are just what the doctor ordered. Bleached coral does
not mean dead coral, however, without our help, coral reefs may
soon be a thing of the past.
Coral reefs may be down but don't count them out!