Today, Coral reefs are one of the most threatened marine systems on the planet. Scientists estimate that unless we take immediate action, the world could lose up to 70 percent of coral reefs by 2050. Coral Reefs are the world’s largest living structures, home to 25 percent of all marine species that provide critical resources. In addition to food, coral reefs provide: a means for income that sustains 500 million people, protection from storms as they break wave energy, ingredients for medicines and unique places to play and learn. However, over the last 30 years, ocean acidification, increased temperatures, overfishing and unplanned coastal development have caused coral cover in the Caribbean and Florida to decline by 50 to 80 percent.
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Coral Image 1; Photo credit: © Marjo Aho for The Nature Conservancy.
Diver Image; Photo credit: © Carlton Ward for The Nature Conservancy.
Coral Image 2; Photo credit: © Marjo Aho for The Nature Conservancy.