Hello, My name is Christina Craner and I am a senior at Oakland High School. I live in Oakland California, and am apart of the Environmental Science Academy at Oakland High. This Academy focuses on the environment and the affects we have on our world. Being apart of ESA has motivated me more to become a Marine Biologist. I want to help save coral reefs from pollution. This is my dream career and goal. I plan to attend Hawaii Pacific University and peruse a degree in Marine Biology so I can help save these beautiful marine ecosystems. I want to help make a change in our world.
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So I’d love to visit here to explore the beautiful coral reefs depicted, but that doesn’t look very possible.
I wish that Indonesia’s government would try to help with the growing number of illegal fishermen who use explosives and cyanide to kill and stun their prey. Do the fishermen even realize what they are doing to the underwater landscape? Do they realize howthey are affecting so many more organisms than just their prey and coral?
Action clearly needs to be taken against these fishermen and their crimes that are changing a once-beautiful travel stop.
Scientists hope transplants will revive coral reef off Fort Lauderdale
Marine scientists on Friday plan to begin transplanting about 100 basketball-size corals from an onshore nursery to a damaged reef off the shores of Fort Lauderdale.
The transplant, among the first of its kind, will be closely watched to determine whether corals that grow quickly in tanks on land can be used to restore severely depleted reefs
Coral reefs are providing the basis for drugs that fight cancer and other deadly diseases, while several traditional antibiotics and medicines have lost their effectiveness to combat harmful bacteria and disease. We’re just beginning to discover what coral reefs can provide us. Unfortunately, we’re destroying this marine ecosystem at an alarming rate.
Why Are We Killing Coral Reefs? Coral reefs are likely to become the first ecosystem completely destroyed by humans, predicts Dr. Peter Sale, a leading United Nations ecologist. His new book, Our Dying Planet, explains:
“It is not pollution, or overfishing, or mass bleaching, or climate change, or any of the other factors I have mentioned that is killing our coral reefs. It is all of these factors together. Or, to put it more plainly, the cause of the destruction of coral reefs is us.”
The only possible silver lining is that we still have the power to reverse course and save at least some of these magical living communities. But, change must come quickly.
Peter Sale, discusses evidence of the wholesale destruction of coral reefs in the interview below:
NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) has a great video and other resources that help us understand how coral reefs aren’t just another pretty ecosystem. They’re also “storehouses of genetic resources with vast potential for medicines.” We need to keep them healthy to keep ourselves healthy.
Some examples of ways that the health of humans and coral reefs intersect are:
anti-inflammatory agent gorgonian coral (genus Pseudoterigorgia)
anti-tuberculosis agent gorgonian coral (genus Pseudoterigorgia)
orthopedic implants coral skeleton
anti-viral drugs sponge (Cryptotethya crypta)
anti-malarial agent sponge (genus Cymbastela)
anti-cancer drug sponge (genus Jaspis)
anti-cancer drug tunicate (Ecteinacidia turbinata)
anti-cancer drug bryozoan (Bugula neritina)
anti-cancer drug seahare (Dolabella auricularia)
New Zealand oil spill should highlight the death of world’s coral reefs:
Containment and clean up of New Zealand’s worst ever environmental disaster are on their way in the Bay of Plenty after a Liberian cargo ship ran aground on a coral reef and began leaking fuel oil late last week.
Hopefully this disaster in New Zealand will bring more attention to the plight of coral reefs around the world, which are vital to local – as well as global – ecologies and economies.
Coral Reefs are depleting in result of careless human interaction. The largest problem is that people are destroying reefs by bottom trawling. This scraps the ocean floor and destroys many habitats for other organisms. Also, pollution is a large issue. The most common is oil spills and carelessness of trash dumping.
Coral Reefs are dying off due to human activities such as: oil spills, bottom trawling, and blasting of harbors. It is truly a spectacle and the more coral reefs die off, the more fish will die off because there shelter is destroyed. The more we use natural resources the more we kill the resources overuse is possible.