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Public calls on U.S. government to protect the world's coral reefs, new poll finds

the discharge of waste and bilge water.

Although tropical coral reefs cover only one-tenth of one percent of the entire area of the oceans, they are home to 25% of all marine life, including fish and thousands of other species. Globally, serious reef degradation and loss is occurring throughout SE Asia, the Caribbean, and in most areas in close proximity to human population centers. It is widely cited that 10% of the world's corals have already been degraded beyond recovery and that another 60% are likely to decline significantly within the next 30 years unless conservation measures are implemented. The most important and immediate threats to coral reefs are typically associated with human activity. Which include: overfishing; fishing practices involving explosives or cyanide; smothering by sediments from dredging; coastal construction; damage from boats and recreational diving; and conditions under a reduced ozone layer and changing global climate.

For a complete report of the data, please visit the Coral Reef Foundation's website at: http://www.coralreeffoundation.org

The Coral Reef Foundation is a community foundation dedicated to the conservation of coral reefs around the globe. SeaWeb is a non-profit environmental organization whose mission is to raise awareness of the living ocean. This survey was conducted with the support of The Curtis and Edith Munson Foundation and The Henry Foundation.


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Contact: Tom Johnson
202-483-9570
SeaWeb
3-Oct-2002


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