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International Coral Reef Initiative. Coral reefs are often called the rainforests of the sea, both due to the vast amount of species they harbour, and to the high productivity they yield.

International Coral Reef Initiative

Aside from the hundreds of species of coral, reefs support extraordinary biodiversity and are home to a multitude of different types of fish, invertebrates and sea mammals. Covering less than one percent of the ocean floor, reefs support an estimated twenty-five percent of all marine life, with over 4,000 species of fish alone. Reefs provide spawning, nursery, refuge and feeding areas for a large variety of organisms, including sponges, cnidarians, worms, crustaceans (including shrimp, spiny lobsters and crabs), molluscs (including cephalopods), echinoderms (including starfish, sea urchins and sea cucumbers), sea squirts, sea turtles and sea snakes.

Reef structures play an important role as natural breakwaters, which minimize wave impacts from storms such as cyclones, hurricanes or typhoons. Losing Our Coral Reefs. New Guinea coral reef.

Losing Our Coral Reefs

Photo credit: Mbz1 at en.wikipedia Coral reefs, the “rainforests of the sea,” are some of the most biodiverse and productive ecosystems on earth. They occupy only .2% of the ocean, yet are home to a quarter of all marine species: crustaceans, reptiles, seaweeds, bacteria, fungi, and over 4000 species of fish make their home in coral reefs. With an annual global economic value of $375 billion, coral reefs provide food and resources for over 500 million people in 94 countries and territories.

But tragically, coral reefs are in crisis. How we are all contributing to the destruction of coral reefs: Sunscreen. A marine protected area in Papua New Guinea.

How we are all contributing to the destruction of coral reefs: Sunscreen

(ARC COE for Coral Reef Studies/Marine Photobank/Reuters) The sunscreen that snorkelers, beachgoers and children romping in the waves lather on for protection is killing coral and reefs around the globe. And a new study finds that a single drop in a small area is all it takes for the chemicals in the lotion to mount an attack. The study, released Tuesday, was conducted in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Hawaii several years after a chance encounter between a group of researchers on one of the Caribbean beaches, Trunk Bay, and a vendor waiting for the day’s invasion of tourists. Not only did the study determine that a tiny amount of sunscreen is all it takes to begin damaging the delicate corals — the equivalent of a drop of water in a half-dozen Olympic-sized swimming pools — it documented three different ways that the ingredient oxybenzone breaks the coral down, robbing it of life-giving nutrients and turning it ghostly white.

(Reuters) business. CORAL REEF DESTRUCTION AND CONSERVATION - Coral Reefs - Ocean World. CORAL REEF DESTRUCTION and CONSERVATION Ten percent of the world's reefs have been completely destroyed.


In the Philippines, where coral reef destruction is the worst, over 70% have been destroyed and only 5% can be said to be in good condition. What has happened to destroy all of the reefs? Humans have happened. There are two different ways in which humans have contributed to the degradation of the Earth's coral reefs, indirectly and directly. The most obvious sign that coral is sick is coral bleaching. This mountainous star coral, Montastraea faveolata, from Panama has started to bleach. The 10 Most Amazing Scuba Diving Finds in History. Coral reefs, sea creatures and ship ruins; these are the things one usually expects to find in an underwater expedition.

The 10 Most Amazing Scuba Diving Finds in History

You will be amazed at the discoveries made during such activities. Here are the 10 most amazing scuba diving finds in history. 10. Wedding Ring Eirian Evans was on his honeymoon with his wife Bethan in Australia. 9. On June 30, 1915, Matilda Esper and Selina Pramstaller were having fun while aboard the Tashmoo ship. 8. In 1987, Kihachiro Aratake was looking for a nice place to observe hammerhead sharks. 7. Scuba divers found the fossils of an extinct monkey in the Dominican Republic. 6. During the summer of 2007, scuba divers made an amazing discovery while underwater in the high Arctic of Canada. 5. Indians grew up hearing stories about great temples that used to exist in Mahabalipuram. 4. While diving in Florida just off the coast of Venice Beach one day, a scuba diver noticed something really huge underwater.