Monday, January 26, 2009

A Reef Story Around the Globe

( Or, What's Up Down Under?).
While you were on the Hunt for Zooxanthellae, you made even more coral discoveries along the way. To continue your adventure, join the Mad Beach Manatees on a Virtual Reef .
I am excited to be a part of The Earthwatch Bahamian Reef Survey Expedition, one of many important research expeditions around the globe seeking ways to protect coral reef. I learned a lot about some of the perils that face coral reefs in a report produced by PBS's NewsHour, Scientists Track Degradation of World's Coral Reefs. Click on the diver you see on that page and you can read, listen, or watch the report . You'll see and hear from reef researchers, and marine biologists around the globe and from here in Florida.
Please share an idea about what we can all do to help protect the reef.

18 Comments:

At January 30, 2009 at 11:16 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

coral reefs are dieing because of over fishing, global warming, and also pollution from the land and because we throw trash inot the ocean
RED Chance

 
At January 30, 2009 at 2:25 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

A way we can all help to save the reef would be not fishing so much in one area of the reef. Over fishing is one big problem for the reefs.

-Emily! :)
Green.

 
At January 30, 2009 at 3:09 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okay my idea of keeping the reef protected is too not touch the coral because it harms the Zooxanthellae.
Alyssa-Blue

 
At January 30, 2009 at 3:12 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

We could help the coral reefs by not touching the coral reefs, and if the government kept more of the reefs off limits.

~Sammi,Blue

 
At January 30, 2009 at 4:06 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

We should stop polluting the oceans with waste, and start trying to make pollution stop, so coral can stay alive!
Haily Violet

 
At January 30, 2009 at 4:09 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

To protect the reefs we should help raise money and build a metal gate to keep the fishers out.

 
At February 2, 2009 at 3:42 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think using set asides would be great til the reefs recover. Then open them to the public once again. This would keep everyone happy. Another thing we could do is put more restrictions on fishing. Next we could keep boats away from coral areas. Last we could fix pipe lines so that they do not dump into the water and pollute the coral.
-alexis
blue<3

 
At February 2, 2009 at 7:24 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

We can protect our reefs by having less human interactment, stop global warming and to pollute less.

~Ryan,
Blue

 
At February 2, 2009 at 10:30 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

we can protect the reefs by slowing down on our boats and not touch the reefs. we could also stop throwing trash in the water or on the ground or in the sewer that can all lead to the water. that stuff can kill fish and the toxic from gas and oil can kill the fish and coral as well.

katie:)
blue♥

 
At February 3, 2009 at 5:37 PM , OpenID angelika said...

if we decrease the drastic temperature changes, then the amount of coral reefs will increase.
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we can try to prvent these temerature changes by being more natural; taking shorter showers turning off light when there not in us and even ride a bike or walk to the places you need to go instead of driving a car to reduce the amount of air polltuion.

Angelike :)
Blue~

 
At February 3, 2009 at 7:24 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

To stop causing harm to coral reefs, we should'nt pollute. We should recycle and use eco friendly items. We should'nt throw garbage into the water and we should remind our friends and family not to pollute ,too. Go green!:)
-kayla
green

 
At February 4, 2009 at 6:39 PM , Blogger Cassidy's Blog said...

Coral is an important part of our planet. This should be reason enough to protect it but some people need some guidance in how to protect it. Some things we could do are stop allowing boats to drive over the coral. Closing them temporarily so people cannot walk,boat over or fish on reefs is a good idea. Polluting is also a big problem. We need to make sure not to drop trash in the water and not let oil spills happen. Also we have to stop doing things like dropping trash in the streets because that eventually drains to the ocean and hurts the coral.Also we need to go green and use less energy and recycle and things so we can prevent global warming and water temperature change which will help keep the water from changing tempetures and help the coral survive. And that is how we can help save our coral reefs!

<3Cassidy :P
Green :)

 
At February 5, 2009 at 9:02 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think that coral reefs are a very important peice of the ocean and for the whole earth. They provide a home for hundreds of thousands of fish and animals throughout the oceans. I think we really need to try our best to try to save them. alll we need to really do is to maybe just remind our frinds and family to turn off the light in a room that is not being used or to use more eco friendly supplies. Or maybe not to litter in our oceans because it is not only harming coral reefs but is harming fish and all of the plankton from which almost 80 percent of our oxygen comes from. So by harming the coral reef and the plankton we are also hurting ourselves.

Dane
Green

 
At February 5, 2009 at 6:49 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At February 6, 2009 at 8:10 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I Think it is important to keep the reefs. They are home to many fish and are being destroyed. We should not dump any trash into the ocean, and we should recycle everything that we can. We should also be careful driving a boat around coral reefs to avoid hitting them. I live very close to the water. When somebody throws trash on the street, the trash has a chance of getting into the ocean.

Alexander
Green

 
At February 6, 2009 at 11:46 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

CORAL REEFS AROUND THE WORLD ARE BEING DESTROYED BY HUMAN-INTERACTION. WHAT I THINK WE SHOULD DO ABOUT THIS HORRIBLE PROBLEM IS TO STOP GLOBAL WARMING AND SO WE WONT MAKE THE ICE CAPS MELT. WHEN THESE ICE CAPS MELT THE CORAL REEF GETS DEEPER AND DEEPER, AND WHEN IT GETS TOO DEEP THE CORAL REEFS WONT SURVIVE. THE CORAL REEFS WONT SURVIVE BECAUSE THEY HAVE TO BE ABLE TO HAVE SOME LIGHT AND THE DEEPER IT GETS THE LESS LIGHT. ANOTHER EFFECT OF GLOBAL WARMING IS THE CORAL GETS TOO HOT AND IT IS BASICALLY BEING COOKED!

ROSE, ORANGE

 
At February 10, 2009 at 10:14 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

what i think we can do to protect the coral reefs is we can stop throeing or trash on the roads beacuse it will end up in the ocean at some time and that is never a good thing. we should also stop peopel from boating in and around the coral reefs .and last but not least we should stop global warming beacuse the water will rise and then the coral will not get enough sun light.

kerrilyn,green

 
At February 11, 2009 at 7:51 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

we can protect coral reefs by not tough the reef because every tin we tough a peace of coral every part you tough dies.

 

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