Our oceans are undergoing one of the most devastating changes in modern history and the average person has no idea that it is even happening. Coral bleaching along with other man made and natural threats are causing our ocean's reefs to die at an alarming rate. The Ocean's Reefs Project has collected some of the most recent facts and statistics and assembled them here for our readers. If we want to preserve whats left of our reefs, we must work together and we must act now.
- Coral bleaching affects over 90% of the Great Barrier Reef - CNN
- More than 90 percent of world's coral reefs will die by 2050 - independent.co.uk
- Earth has already lost half of its 'underwater rainforests' over last 30 years - independent.co.uk
- “To lose coral reefs is to fundamentally undermine the health of a very large proportion of the human race,” - Ruth Gates, director of the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology.
- “This isn't something that's going to happen 100 years from now. We're losing them right now,” said marine biologist Julia Baum of Canada's University of Victoria. “We're losing them really quickly, much more quickly than I think any of us ever could have imagined.”
- “Whether you're living in North America or Europe or Australia, you should be concerned,” said biologist Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, director of the Global Change Institute at Australia's University of Queensland. “This is not just some distant dive destination, a holiday destination. This is the fabric of the ecosystem that supports us.”
- Around the islands of the Maldives, an idyllic Indian Ocean tourism destination, some 73 percent of surveyed reefs suffered bleaching between March and May 2016, according to the country's Marine Research Center.
- Elevated sea temperatures are the primary cause of mass coral bleaching events. - http://www.bom.gov.au/oceanography/oceantemp/GBR_Coral.shtml
We will continue to add more information to this list as it becomes available to us.