The importance of Coral Reefs

Scuba diving provides an amazing opportunity to the most bio diverse eco-system on this planet. According to the Fisheries Office of Habitat Conservation of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, coral reefs are home to more than 1 million species.

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With advancements in technology, we are now able to unravel just how crucial a healthy coral reef system is to our environment. Unfortunately these irreplaceable ecosystems are in danger. Coral reefs are stressed by pollution, sedimentation, overfishing, invasive species, vessel groundings, increasing tourism and recreation, and marine debris. Reefs are also susceptible to the effects of climate change, such as rising temperatures and ocean acidification. As a diver we can play a role in the prevention of further destruction by practicing good buoyancy control to minimalize our interference with the coral reefs, refrain from touching or removing anything that belongs in the sea, and being mindful of our trash consumption and placement. It would be a shame to loose millions of year of evolution to sheer neglect.

 

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