Coral reefs are the most diverse ecosystems on the planet, and home to more than 25% of all marine fish species. Coral reefs could be gone in the next 20-30 years and the prognosis for them to live until the end of the century is bleak if the current rate of degradation and die-off continues. Things like pollutants, destructive fishing methods and the effects of ocean acidification can also affect how corals can rebound from their current rate of degradation.
In addition to cleaning the oceans, we want to create a more sustainable future for marine life and our planet. Coral reefs contain the most diverse ecosystems on the planet, and the health of coral reefs is detrimental to the overall health of our oceans. For these reasons, we felt it was incredibly important to support the efforts that the Coral Restoration Foundation is making toward mitigating the effects of coral degradation. Thanks to the Coral Restoration Foundation’s propagation techniques, tens of thousands of corals are grown and maintained in multiple offshore coral tree nurseries before being strategically outplanted on reefs - allowing them to continue on a path to natural recovery. With the help of students, volunteers, scientists and donors, Coral Restoration Foundation’s corals are successfully raised until they are “reef-ready,” outplanted onto the reef, and monitored. Their innovative techniques are scalable, and they are making an enormously positive difference for our oceans.
The money donated will help to fund scientific research, the growing of coral colonies and the outplanting of new corals onto reefs through Coral Restoration Foundation programs. There are a number of things that they are doing to attack the problem:
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As we got closer to the ocean floor, we began to approach a reef; this reef was nothing short of epic. The colours were bright and everything appeared to be healthy with marine life flourishing... that was until the current changed. Within seconds, this heaving reef became surrounded with plastic and rubbish.