'The clean-up comes within the framework of the continuous attention to the marine environment in general and coral reefs
in particular and within the activities of the 'Clean Seas' initiative launched by United Nations Environment Program (UNEP),' stated the ministry.
Additionally, the Environmental Protection Department, in collaboration with the Saudi Aramco-KAUST Center for Marine Environmental Observations, presented a research paper on coral reef
monitoring in the Red Sea during the 4th Asia-Pacific Coral Reef
Symposium last year.
The status of coral reefs
in the Western Indian Ocean region was most recently updated in a regional report of the Global Coral Reef
Monitoring Network published in 2017.
"Climate change seems to be redistributing coral reefs
, the same way it is shifting many other marine species," said Nichole Price, a senior research scientist at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences and lead author of the paper.
The coral reefs
in the South China Sea not only house some of the most diverse of the world's marine ecosystems, they also regenerate themselves rapidly following typhoons.
"The famous Australian or Maldivian coral reefs
rise almost to the surface of the water, making the most of the sunlight that is the real fuel of these ecosystems," Professor Giuseppe Corriero, the director of the department of biology at the University of Bari Aldo Moro who led the research project, said.
Coral bleaching is a phenomenon where coral reefs
turn white due to exposure to high water temperature and other local impacts like sewage, overfishing, sedimentation, dredging and construction.
provide food and shelter for 25% of the world's marine species and they support fish stocks that feed more than one billion people around the world.
Said Frank Mars of Mars, Inc., 'Indonesia's grand challenge for how healthy coral reefs
could become a key attraction for increasing the Indonesian tourism industry was inspiring.
Though coral reefs
have lasted for tens of thousands of years, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) states that 27 percent of the world's coral reefs
have been destroyed.
Honolulu, HI, July 02, 2018 --(PR.com)-- Governor David Ige will be signing SB2571 into law on July 3rd at Hanauma Bay, making Hawaii the first place in the world to ban the sale of sunscreens with Oxybenzone and Octinoxate, two chemicals founds to be harmful to coral reefs
and marine life.