Importance of Coral Reefs

Coral Reefs are home to a third (33%) of fish species and a quarter (25%) of all marine life on the planet.

They are also important because they are very sensitive to changes in their surroundings.

They are easily stressed by changes in temperature, salinity and many other factors, when they become stressed they typically turn white, an effect known as coral bleaching.

The Great Barrier Reef in Australia is officially dead

We didn't do enough to protect the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and now approximately 95% of the reef is now officially dead. What happened? If we discover that, and care enough about the future of other coral reefs in the world, we can stop that happening again.

However, we need more data so that scientists can determine what are the precise factors that caused the death of the largest barrier reef in the world.

What can we do to protect other Coral Reefs?

There is some good news, however, we could form a hypothesis as to what caused the problem.

  • Water runoff from land, high in chemical fertilizers
  • Shipping, ships anchors
  • Plastic and other toxins in water

Then take steps to prevent the same in other areas,

We could make all coral reefs in the world marine protected areas.

Call to Action: Petition your government, or the government of a country you have visited or plan to visit, to make coral reefs MPAs.

Unbelievably fishing using dynamite has destroyed most of the best reefs in Bali.

Call to Action: Petition the Bali government to make coral reefs MPAs, ban dynamite fishing and enforce the ban.