What's Killing the Coral - The Conclusion

Last updated on Sun, 2014-04-20 04:04. Originally submitted by Jenny on 2011-06-17 16:26.

The conservation of coral reefs is affected by human activity such as pollution, over-fishing and climate change. Coral diseases may be a consequence of these activities. Current human needs on a coral reef should be approached in a sustainable manner. In this way, we allow the future generations to enjoy healthy coral reefs.

What human needs are met by sustaining healthy coral reefs?

What where some of the economic considerations that you needed to understand?

What where some of the cultural considerations that you needed to understand?

What actions can you personally take to save the coral reefs?

What actions could your class take to save coral reefs?

The United States is involved in coral reef preservation through the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services (USFWS). Many universities and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), including Reef Relief and Coral Reef Alliance are engaged in reef research and preservation. Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS) has a database of the geographic distribution of the world’s coral species.

OBIS is a project of:
IODE Sponsored by:
Martin International and Les Grands Explorateurs
With in-kind support from:
Marine Geospatial Ecology Lab, Duke University
Universidad Simón Bolívar Flanders Marine Institute

OBIS strives to document the ocean's diversity, distribution and abundance of life. Created by the Census of Marine Life, OBIS is now part of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO, under its International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE) programme.