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Coral

  • Status – Threatened
  • Estimated numbers – Unknown but 250,000 species exist
  • Population trend – Rapid decline
  • Location – Coral Reefs can be found in the Atlantic Ocean, Andaman Sea, northern Indian Ocean, the central Indo-Pacific, northeast and southwest Australia, South-east Asia, southern Japan and the East China Sea, Papua New Guinea to the Solomon Islands and the Astral Islands.
  • Why are they under threat – Coral reefs are being degraded by human activities. Overfishing, pollution and coastal development top the list of problems. Some coral reefs are covered with sand, rock and concrete to make cheap land and stimulate economic development. Others are dredged or blasted for their limestone or to improve navigational access and safety. In addition to this, climate change is causing long-term changes in the oceans, including rising sea temperatures, acidity and levels of CO².
  • What can you do – There’s plenty you can do to protect corals. The coral is the epicentre to biodiversity collapse, if the reefs die then other biodiversities will fall in rapid suit. Find out more at the Coral Reef Alliance and support the work of Synchronicity Earth.
  • Species foundationwww.coral.org and www.synchronicityearth.org

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