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

Status of the World's Coral Reefs: Executive Summary

25 Things You Can Do to Save Coral Reefs

Other useful coral reef links

NOAA's Coral Reef

NOAA's Coral Health and Monitoring Program (CHAMP)

Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network Page

Status of the Coral Reefs of the World: 1998
Australian Insitute of Marine Science

Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary

Florida Lighthouse Home Page

SEAKEYS/C-MAN Bulletins and Historical Data

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