Coral Reef Alliance Talks About What's Stressing Out Coral Reefs

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Brian Huse, Executive Director of Coral Reef Alliance, discusses important coral reefs that need attention. Photo via Jaymi Heimbuch

Last night eco-advocates Christopher and Amber Marie Bently held a function for the Coral Reef Alliance. Executive Director Brian Huse and Director of Conservation Programs Rick MacPherson had an opportunity to talk about the state of coral reefs and why it's so important to focus on saving them. Click through for a quick video on why coral reefs matter, and the biggest stress factor for them.Rick MacPherson talks about how vital coral reefs are to our own health, the health of the oceans as well as the land, and how global climate change is one of the biggest stressors for coral reefs.

What's unique about the Coral Reef Alliance is that it works directly with communities to identify and solve conservation challenges in their areas. So certain communities might be experiencing particular issues facing the coral reefs upon which they depend, and CORAL will work with them to hash out the best solutions. So while the organization of course works to change attitudes and behavior through education and training, they also are very hands on with finding real solutions - and that goes not only for local communities, but for tourism as well. CORAL works to make snorkeling and diving a sustainable pastime.

As CORAL states:

The financial value of coral reefs has been estimated at more than $400 billion per year, but the true cost of losing coral reefs is incalculable. They are the dynamic life-support systems of the most concentrated biodiversity on our planet. Although coral reefs cover less than 1 percent of the world’s oceans, their destruction would mean the loss of one of nature’s most precious gifts.

In their modern form, coral reefs have thrived on Earth for more than 50 million years. Recently, however, more than 20 percent of the world's reefs have been lost, and 50 percent of the remaining reefs are in jeopardy of collapse if we do not take action now.

We really can't underestimate the value, nor the fragility, of coral reef ecosystems.

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