If you saw Finding Nemo, you know. Coral reefs play an important part in ocean life. They’re a source of food and hideouts for baby fish and other sea creatures.
But they’re dying at an alarming rate. Experts say between 1969 and 2008 survey data shows the most complex types of coral reef have been wiped out across the Caribbean.
Scientists are blaming global warming, but not entirely. Disease is responsible for killing 90% of Elkhorn and Staghorn Corals in the 1970s. In addition to losing one of Mother Nature’s wonders. Loss of coral reefs may harm humans too.
Populations that rely on commercial fishing will see their hunting and fishing grounds shrink. And fewer coral reefs mean less protection against large waves and storms for coastal residents