coral reefs

Oceana Mission to Mexico Uncovers Invasive Species and Coral Diseases on Pristine Reefs

Oceana Mission to Mexico Uncovers Invasive Species and Coral Diseases on Pristine Reefs

In August, scientists from Oceana conducted the ocean conservation organization’s first-ever expedition to investigate and document the condition of two reefs in the Gulf of Mexico using cutting-edge technology. Assessing the data, they’re now reporting invasive species and deadly coral disease in Bajos del Norte, a pristine national park. The mission, called Project Alacranes, focused […]

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    Ocean Conservation: PADI Scuba Divers Take Action and Invite You to Join

    Ocean Conservation: PADI Scuba Divers Take Action and Invite You to Join

    PADI (Professional Association of Scuba Divers) is inviting you to dive in (literally) to make positive changes for our ocean. The scuba diving behemoth and PADI AWARE Foundation, a non-profit public charity driving change for our ocean at the local level, are celebrating the fourth annual AWARE Week from Sept. 18 – 26 this year. […]

    First-Ever High Resolution Map of World’s Coral Reefs Is Complete

    First-Ever High Resolution Map of World’s Coral Reefs Is Complete

    A unique partnership has produced the first-ever high-resolution satellite map of the world’s shallow coral reefs. The Allen Coral Atlas announced its completion Wednesday as a tool that policy makers, conservationists and the general public can use to understand and preserve the world’s reefs at a time when they are under increasing threat from the […]

    Could Lobsters Help Save Florida’s Corals?

    Could Lobsters Help Save Florida’s Corals?

    Will we find corals’ white knights in spiny armor? The question is one that Florida scientists and ocean advocates are eager to answer ー and using lobsters to do so. The coral reefs in Florida are in trouble. With the climate crisis, warming and acidifying ocean waters, poor water quality and a rampant, mystery coral […]

    Australia Lobbying Thwarts Push to List Great Barrier Reef as Endangered

    Australia Lobbying Thwarts Push to List Great Barrier Reef as Endangered

    By Jake Johnson An intense lobbying campaign by the pro-fossil fuel Australian government succeeded Friday in keeping the Great Barrier Reef off a list of World Heritage Sites considered “in danger,” despite experts’ warnings that the biodiverse ecosystem is increasingly imperiled by the global climate emergency. The 21-nation World Heritage Committee — organized by the […]

    Coral Disease Spreading in Caribbean Linked to Wastewater From Ships

    Coral Disease Spreading in Caribbean Linked to Wastewater From Ships

    A deadly coral disease took over Florida’s reef tract in 2014 and now is rapidly spreading around the Caribbean; the infection may be a result of ballast water from ships, according to new research. The infection, called stony coral tissue loss disease (SCTLD) has the potential to be the most deadly coral disease because of […]

    Climate Crisis Threatens Three Reef-Building Atlantic Corals

    Climate Crisis Threatens Three Reef-Building Atlantic Corals

    From Australia’s Great Barrier Reef to the Caribbean, the climate crisis is already having a profound and deadly impact on the world’s coral reefs. But how will this affect each of the different ecosystems and communities that rely on coral’s unique ability to construct habitats and protect coastlines? A research team based at the University […]