Saving Caribbean Coral Reefs

Coral reefGR:  This post describes other threats to coral reefs beside increasing acidification.  The story includes an opportunity for citizen naturalists to help save Caribbean reefs.

By Jensi Sartin

“Beautiful Caribbean reefs have been a tourist attraction for decades, if not centuries. They teem with life, holding an amazing variety of fantastical fish and other sea creatures. But at the current rate, Caribbean reefs will be lost within 20 years. Worse, the damage is largely the result of our own actions.

“This dire news comes from the Status and Trends of Caribbean Coral Reefs: 1970-2012an extensive report from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The report explains that the direct threats from overfishing and land-based pollution are combining dramatically with the longer term effects of climate change to destroy a vital natural resource that lies just a short flight from the United States.

“IUCN used data from 35,000 surveys conducted at 90 Caribbean locations since 1970, and showed that reefs have declined by more than 50% since the 1970s. Its stark conclusion should give us all pause and another last chance to reflect back on whether our strategies to save our reefs are still effective—or a priority.”

Read more and learn how you can take part.

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