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How does climate change affect coral reefs?

March 15, 2017

The varied effects of climate change are changing the ocean; these changes dramatically affect coral reef ecosystems. Climate change is the greatest global threat to coral reef ecosystems. Scientific evidence now clearly indicates that the […]

How does overfishing threaten coral reefs?

March 14, 2017

Overfishing can deplete key reef species and damage coral habitat. Coral reef ecosystems support important commercial, recreational, and subsistence fishery resources in the U.S and its territories. Fishing also plays a central social and cultural […]

How does land-based pollution threaten coral reefs?

March 13, 2017

Many serious coral reef ecosystem stressors originate from land-based sources, most notably toxicants, sediments, and nutrients. Impacts from land-based sources of pollution—including coastal development, deforestation, agricultural runoff, and oil and chemical spills—can impede coral growth […]

What is coral spawning?

March 2, 2017

Hard (or stony) corals reproduce by releasing their eggs and sperm all at the same time. This spawning cycle is one of nature’s most spectacular events. Once a year, on cues from the lunar cycle […]

Coral reef fish change to warming waters

October 21, 2016

From the University of Texas PORT ARANSAS, Texas — Ocean warming is occurring at such a rapid rate that fish are searching for cooler waters to call home. A group of international scientists has new […]

Hawksbill Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata)

May 22, 2017

The hawksbill turtle is small to medium-sized compared to other sea turtle species. Their head is elongated and tapers to a point, with a beak-like mouth that gives the species its name. The shape of […]

Flatback Turtle (Natator depressus)

May 22, 2017

Of the seven species of sea turtles, the flatback turtle has the smallest distribution range, habitat size, and population numbers. It is also the only sea turtle that is not found within United States waters. […]

Are any sharks endangered?

May 3, 2017

By Blaise Jones Yes. Chondrichthyes (sharks, stingrays, and chimera) are one of the most endangered groups of vertebrate animals on the planet. According to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), all chondrichthyes […]

What is Ocean Acidification?

April 27, 2017

Ocean acidification refers to a reduction in the pH of the ocean over an extended period of time, caused primarily by uptake of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere. For more than 200 years, or […]

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