Protecting Coral Reefs
Recently, scientists studying the ocean and specifically coral reefs have discovered that reefs are where sea life originates and then expand across the ocean. This is a very important discovery due to the fact that coral reefs are threatened by climate change, an increasing pH level in the ocean, unsustainable fishing practices, and pollution. This discovery gives us yet another reason to try to protect and restore ocean reefs or we will lose the potential for new sea life.
Coral reefs provide rich and diverse ecosystems that allow sea life to flourish in places where resources are sparse. Charles Darwin even went as far as saying that coral reefs are the oases of the ocean. Coral reefs provide a place for sea life to flourish and if they continue to decline, we may not see new marine life.
Aside from producing new sea life, coral reefs also serve other important purposes. The reefs protect many islands by absorbing the energy from waves, and tourism and fishing industries are dependent on reefs as well.
So what is being done to protect coral reefs? Many organizations are attempting to restore coral reefs. Non-profit organizations such as Reef Check are dedicated to coordinating efforts within local communities to stop unsustainable practices and restore reefs around the world. Visit http://www.reefcheck.org/ for important information about protecting coral reefs throughout the world.
Also, you can visit the Butterfly Pavilion and experience our Water’s Edge exhibit and get a closer look at live horseshoe crabs, sea stars, sea cucumbers, and other aquatic invertebrates from around the globe. The Butterfly Pavilion is committed to teaching visitors of all ages about invertebrates and conservation in a fun way!
Posted By Tai Ludwig
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