Some Like It Cold?

August 5, 2012

The recently discovered northernmost reef in the world!

Despite the tropical paradise most people imagine when they picture coral reefs, a recent discovery proves that not all reefs exist in extremely warm temperatures. Considering that approximately 90% of the world’s reefs are in the tropics it is a rare occurrence to find a reef that can survive in temperatures below 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Researchers have found what is now the most northernmost coral reef in the world off the coast of Japan’s Tsushima Islands.

Scientists are not exactly sure as to what caused this 4,300 year old reef to start growing in such an non-hospitable location, however they attribute most growth to the warm current off the northwestern coast of Japan that could carry the coral larvae from the warmer waters to this area.

This chilly reef consists mostly of the Favia coral genre. This large ground-covering coral can withstand more harsh environments than the branchy and colorful Acropora coral of the tropics. This coral discovery will allow scientists to compare coral species and locations to help understand how reefs can adapt to the ever-changing climate as well as measure the changes to the ecosystems in warmer water zones.

*Source Article

Malaysia is known as a paradise reminiscent place that crawls with environmental diversity. Among this diversity lies many coral reef locations. Last weekend over 80 divers showed support for their oceanic habitat by performing a coral reef cleaning dive off of the coast of a national park called Talang Satang Island. The event was organized by Sarawak Forestry Corporation. They have also been managing the national park since 1999. This two day diving event really spread coral reef conservation awareness to the community. Fishing nets and other trash and debris were removed and cleaned off of the nearby reefs. The island is also known for being a research site for sea turtles and over the last 40 years over three million hatchlings have been released from this location. Careless fisherman and beachcombers are one of the largest causes of pollution and decaying coral reefs. So it’s nice to see Malaysian citizens showing support for their reefs! Read the full article at www.theborneopost.com.

Adopt a Reef

June 26, 2011

The Nature Conservancy’s Adopt a Reef program is a great opportunity for people to give back to reefs worldwide even if they don’t live near them. You can donate any amount you desire and they even make it an interactive process where you can choose which location you would like your donation to go towards. The selection options are the Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Palau, and Papua New Guinea. Since I have actually been snorkeling in the Dominican Republic, I decided to donate to that area. During my visit, it wasn’t hard to notice all of the dying and struggling coral. This was very sad to see because the Dominican is gorgeous and the environment surrounding the borders of the country are one of the top grounds for The North Atlantic Humpback Whale breeding. The Dominican houses over 8,000 square miles of coral reefs and over 80% of them are in extreme danger and are depleting at a steadfast rate. The main causes are from overfishing, overdeveloping and careless tourism.

Adopt a reef in the Dominican Republic

The Nature Conservancy is doing the following in the Dominican to help conserve and protect the coral reefs:
-Conducting scientific field research to identify and protect key fish breeding sites
-Helping to enforce environmental regulations and combat illegal fishing activities
-Working with communities to promote alternative and sustainable livelihoods and income sources

So I definitely encourage you all to reach out and help an organization thats working hard to preserve our oceans!

Tweet about the Reefs!

April 9, 2011

It is exciting to announce that SaveReef now has a Twitter! If you wanna get updates about the current news of reefs in 140 characters or less then follow @Save_Reef asap! I joined two days ago and already have 15 followers ranging from people living in Germany, Hawaii and Columbia University! Here are some other coral reef advocates that you might want to follow as well.

  • @Oceana
  • @Healthy_Ocean
  • @CERC Columbia

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