Rich people are like delicate tropical fish, the canard goes. Asking them to give an extra latté a day to maintain the tank shatters their pH equilibrium like a toddler's grubby playground fist. Sorry to tart up your coral reef withShow More Summary
Lionfish are super-cool looking– finny, stripy, and spiky. But, blah blah blah…they’re an invasive species and they’re eating their way through the Atlantic ocean. Their effects on coral reefs (major oceanic eco-systems) is potentially devastating. CNN has more. Show More Summary
In a world-first study published today, researchers say dredging activity near coral reefs can increase the frequency of diseases affecting corals. "At dredging sites, we found more than twice as much coral disease than at our control...Show More Summary
During a recent survey of organisms collected from Bajo de Sico, a mesophotic coral reef ecosystem in Mona Passage off Puerto Rico, one pontarachnid mite species new to science was discovered. The new species was named after the famous Puerto Rican singer Jennifer Lopez. The study was published in the open access journal ZooKeys. read more
Benthic algae are an important part of coral reef ecosystems, providing food and shelter for many organisms. However, algae are also powerful competitors for space. Their interactions with reef-building corals are of particular interest, as coral reef health is influenced by both herbivores and the dynamics of coral-algal interactions. Show More Summary
An international team of coral biologists has been examining coral’s ability to colonise new substrates and repair damaged reefs as oceans become more acidic. UWA post-doctoral fellow Michael Holcomb says it would tend to be more difficult for new larvae to establish themselves, fragments of coral to bond to new substrates, and damaged coral to […]
Built layer upon layer, these three-dimensional sculptures pop off the wall, reminding us of the complex relationships found in coral reefs.
The survival of many ocean species depends on the survival of coral reefs. But with many species of coral threatened by climate change, some scientists believe we should focus our preservation efforts on those most able to adapt—the fattest ones. Read more...
El Niño is looking very likely to bring droughts and heavy rains this summer, but researchers at the Great Barrier Reef are worrying about a different facet of the phenomenon: Coral bleaching. Current conditions signal that it could be a bad year for the reef. Read more...
COLUMBUS, Ohio—The future health of the world's coral reefs and the animals that depend on them relies in part on the ability of one tiny symbiotic sea creature to get fat—and to be flexible about the type of algae it cooperates with. In...Show More Summary
Climate change is not to blame for the disappearance of the Caribbean coral reef, an environmental group has admitted. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has issued a report saying that the blame instead lies in the overfishing of parrotfish and sea urchin, who are the main grazers of the area. Show More Summary
In an effort to save the reefs, Google is helping scientists catalogue them.
MIAMI – A new study on biological erosion of mesophotic tropical coral reefs, which are low energy reef environments between 30-150 meters deep, provides new insights into processes that affect the overall structure of these important ecosystems. Show More Summary
Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach I’ve written a few times on the question of one of my favorite hangouts on the planet, underwater tropical coral reefs. Don’t know if you’ve ever been down to one, but they are a fairyland … Continue reading ?
Links for you. Science: Vaccine Refusal Myths Drive Up Development Costs, Prices Caribbean coral reefs ‘will be lost within 20 years’ without protection: Major report warns that loss of grazing fish due to pollution and overfishing is a key driver … Continue reading ?
Fabien Cousteau just concluded his 31-day underwater research mission, where six scientists studied coral reefs in a small chamber 63 feet underwater off the coast of Key Largo. The long-term underwater residence gave them a firsthand...Show More Summary
This story originally appeared in the Guardian and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Most Caribbean coral reefs will disappear within the next 20 years unless action is taken to protect them, primarily due...Show More Summary
Biologists have shown that inhabited coral islands that engage in commercial fishing dramatically alter their nearby reef ecosystems, disturbing the microbes, corals, algae and fish that call the reef home.
Pollution and overfishing are killing off grazing fish, according to a new study, which is driving the region’s coral decline.
Reef community (Photo: Oceana / Eduardo Sorensen) Want to stay connected to the underwater world even when you’re not out diving or at the beach? Now you can catch a glimpse of coral reef communities all day long with Oceana’s new ReefCam. Show More Summary