Reefs Need Heroes
WHY CORAL REEFS MATTER
In ‘Jardines de la Reina’ in Cuba, I was overwhelmed by what I saw – an amazingly diverse and healthy ocean ecosystem on each dive. Cuba is impacted by global factors affecting all the world’s oceans, yet in that reef system there were fish the size of small cars swimming by Seussical towers of corals. On every dive, we saw schools of sharks, small and large fish, turtles and colorful corals of many species. Off-shore Cuban waters are without pesticides, fertilizers, and recreational recklessness, without widespread pollution and careless construction so even with global warming and ocean acidification some reefs can find ways survive.
Coral reefs are the most diverse ecosystems on earth, the backbone of life in the oceans, and vital to all life on our planet. It takes thousands of years for coral thickets to grow into a reef and yet, in just the last 35 years, 98% of reef-building hard corals have been destroyed in the Caribbean Sea. Once I saw what a healthy marine ecosystem could be, I knew I had to do something to help preserve, protect, and restore the others.
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A visit with Roatan Institute of Marine Sciences There are people, deeply invested in and connected to where they live, and, their connection extends to conservation, protection and preservation of that place. The people who started and run Roatan...
This morning, while talking about coral restoration with a non diver, questions came up that I want to answer. Are corals individuals or groups? Corals are colonies of individual animals that live together in light and nutrient filled waters, in an...