Are Coral Reefs Dying?


brain coral at night from Drennon's Marine Gallery

This is a subject near and dear to my heart because I spent a fair amount of time skin and scuba diving in the Florida Keys, the only place in the United States where you can find tropical corals. Sadly, many of the world's coral reefs are being threatened by eutrophication, sedimentation, damage from boat anchors, overfishing and overcollecting and even dynamite in some parts of the world.

This page will be expanded further at a future date but for now, the links below provide a good overview of some of the problems and give you some helpful hints on how to get involved.

Please read the following links:

Nation's Express Concern About Coral Reef Bleaching
http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories/s93.htm

Status of the World's Coral Reefs: Executive Summary
http://www.coral.noaa.gov/gcrmn/worldreef-status.html

25 Things You Can Do to Save Coral Reefs
http://www.publicaffairs.noaa.gov/25list.html

Other useful coral reef links

NOAA's Coral Reef
http://www.coralreef.noaa.gov/

NOAA's Coral Health and Monitoring Program (CHAMP)
http://www.coral.noaa.gov/

Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network Page
http://www.coral.noaa.gov/gcrmn/index.html

Status of the Coral Reefs of the World: 1998
Australian Insitute of Marine Science
http://www.aims.gov.au/pages/research/coral-bleaching/scr1998/scr-00.html

Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary
http://www.fknms.nos.noaa.gov/

Florida Lighthouse Home Page
http://users.erols.com/lthouse/home.htm

SEAKEYS/C-MAN Bulletins and Historical Data
http://www.coral.noaa.gov/cman/cman_menu.html

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