Corals

 

Corals in crisis

Coral reefs are facing a crisis. More than 10 percent of the world’s reefs have been destroyed and 60 percent more face the same fate in the next 40 years if action is not taken. Factors that are endangering coral reefs include:

  • Pollution, including oil spills and agricultural and mining runoff
  • Overfishing of plant-eating fish that keep the reef clear of algae
  • Boats colliding into reefs
  • Changing climate
  • Coastal development