Plunder for the Planet

Our coral reefs are quickly disappearing.

I am a scuba diver.  If you don’t look below the surface, you have no idea what is happening to our oceans.  Sure, people talk about it, but do you listen?  Do you know what is happening?   According to IUCN (International  Union for Conservation of Nature) if something major isn’t done, most of our Caribbean coral reefs may disappear in the next 20 years.

Key findings as reported by IUCN:

  • Dramatic decline in Carribean corals of more than 50% since the 1970’s
  • Results show decline related to local stressors, in particular tourism, overfishing and pollution
  • Climate change is a stressor, but not major stressor
  • Parrotfish and sea urchin decline are key
  • Massive coral disease

Recommendations in the report:

  • Adopt conservation management strategies for restoration of parrotfish populations
  • Consider listing the parrotfish as protected

 

“Even if we could somehow make climate change disappear tomorrow, these reefs would continue their decline,” says Jeremy Jackson, lead author of the report and IUCN’s senior advisor on coral reefs. “We must immediately address the grazing problem for the reefs to stand any chance of surviving future climate shifts.”

For more information and to view the report, click here

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This entry was posted on July 2, 2014 by in Conservation, Coral Restoration, Ocean and tagged , , , , .

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