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Saving the coral reef

Ecology
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Duncan Canter

on 23 April 2015

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Transcript of Saving the coral reef

Saving the coral reef
Created By: Duncan Canter & Ryan Cooper
What is wrong with the coral reefs?

What is the Coral Reef?
A coral reef has more than 4,000 species of fish and other sea creatures. They are in a very dangerous position as their home faces extinction. Coral reefs hold more than 25 percent of all ocean life and serve as one of the most critical blocks in the human food chain.
(cc) image by nuonsolarteam on Flickr
Resources
Why are Coral Reefs so Important?
(cc) image by nuonsolarteam on Flickr
http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/AheadoftheCurve/story?id=5527409&page=1
(cc) image by nuonsolarteam on Flickr
Coral reefs are important for many reasons. Most importantly, they provide protection and shelter for many different species of fish. Without coral reefs, these fish are left homeless with nowhere to live and no where to have their offsprings. Also reef fish and mollusks feed between 30 and 40 million people every year. They also make beautiful pets and the money made by catching and selling these animals provides many people with money to support their families.
http://oceanworld.tamu.edu/students/coral/coral4.htm
How to Help Protect Coral Reefs
Conserve water
: The less water you use, the less runoff and waste water will pollute our oceans.
Help reduce pollution
: Walk, bike or ride the bus. Fossil fuel byproducts from cars and industries, have led to ocean warming which causes mass-bleaching of corals and can lead to widespread destruction of reefs.
Use only organic fertilizers
: Although you may live thousands of miles from a coral reef ecosystem, these products flow into the water system, pollute the ocean, and can harm coral reefs and marine life.
Support reef-friendly businesses
: Ask organizations such as fishing, boating, hotel, aquarium, dive or snorkeling operators if they are attempting to protect the reef. Make sure this organization cares for the living reef ecosystem and ask if they are part of a coral reef ecosystem management effort.
Plant a tree
: Trees reduce runoff into the oceans. You will also contribute to reversing the warming of our planet and the rising temperatures of our oceans.
Volunteer for a coral reef cleanup
: What if you don't live near a coral reef? Then do what many people do with their vacation: visit a coral reef. Spend an afternoon enjoying the beauty of one of the most diverse ecosystems on the Earth.
http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/urgentissues/coralreefs/ways-to-help-coral-reefs/index.htm
What is the cause of Coral Reefs damage?
Coral Reefs have been growing for 200 million
years. Coral Reefs are deteriorating from human impact and environmental pressures which includes overfishing, water pollution and climate change.
Spread the word
: Remember your own excitement. Remember learning how important the planet's coral reefs are to us and the intricate global ecosystem. Share this excitement and encourage others to get involved.
Is there anything being done to protect the coral reefs??
There is at least some help on the way. Conversation of coral reefs has been increasing throughout the world. As a result, many reefs are now listed as "marine protection areas." Several countries are now
limiting the amount of fishing that can take place around coral reefs
. Through research and conservation organizations people can even "adopt" a reef in their name, which promotes environmental protection and awareness .
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