Support reef-friendly businesses. Ask what your dive shop, boating store, tour operators, hotel, and other coastal businesses are doing to save the coral reefs. This is especially important in coastal areas with reefs. Let them know you are an informed consumer and care about reefs.
Don't use chemically enhanced pesticides and fertilizers. Although you may live thousands of miles from a coral reef ecosystem, these products end up in the watershed and may ultimately impact the waters that support coral.
Volunteer for a reef cleanup. You don't live near a coral reef? Then do what many people do with their vacations: visit a coral reef. Spend an afternoon enjoying the beauty of one of the world's treasures while helping to preserve it for future generations.
Learn more about coral reefs. How many different species live in reefs? What new medicines have been discovered in reef organisms. Participate in training or educational programs that focus on reef ecology. When you further your own education, you can help others understand the fragility and value of the world's coral reefs.
Become a member of your local aquarium or zoo. Ask what they are doing and what your donation can do toward saving the world's coral reefs. The answer may pleasantly surprise you.
Many countries, recognizing the importance of reefs, have made them nature reserves. There are around 300 protected reef areas in over 60 countries. The good management of reefs is a key factor in their conservation;
All stony corals are listed in CITES Appendis II. Trade is allowed only with export permists. International agreements to control the rampant collection of reefd fishes and other marine animals for the aquarium trade are also in place. However, poaching and smuggling are still widespeard.
Some countries have made great strides in saving their endangered reefs. Australia's Great Barrier Reef Marine Park is the largest of its kind, covering an area bigger than the United Kingdom and including 2,900 separate reef formations and 300 reef islands, some 1,400 miles (2,250 km ) long. Many other countries, including the Untied States, have created marine parks to protect croal reefs. Park management practices often includee establishing buoys for anchoring and educating boaters and divers about how to prevent reef damage.
Fishermen use cyanide to stun and capture live reef fish for the restaurant and aquarium trades. Although target fish typically survive the cyanide assault, the poison leaves a trail of smaller dead and dying fish in its wake. Living corals, which provide protective habitat and breeding grounds for fish, are among the casualties.the Conservancy is:
- Developing regional models for sustainable fisheries, including environmentally sound mariculture, sport fishing, and pelagic fisheries. These fisheries will help divert fishermen away from destructive practices
- Working to increase the regional production and quality of maricultured (farmed) grouper to gain market share over wild caught fish. Increased mariculture will reduce pressure on wild fish and coral reefs
- Responding to reports that Papua New Guinea is the trade's"new frontier" by helping develop and implement strict national fisheries plans to prevent cyanide fishing in this country
- upporting site-based conservation at high biodiversity areas and strengthening local communities to manage their own resources
- Working with Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) policy and decision makers to seek regional solutions in the form of reward programs, education and trainingFormulating policies that support sustainable practices in the aquarium trade, including a certification systemEncouraging countries that export live reef fish to establish cyanide detection stations at export sites and to ban cyanide possession on boats.
Volunteering groups to Help Coral Reefs , these groups are member-supported, non-profit organization dedicated to keeping coral reefs alive around the world and work to educate people about the destruction of coral reefs. [ see their mission here ]
public awareness and
education initiatives, CORAL helps people around the world
appreciate the value of coral reefs
understand why coral reefs should be protected
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