Reef Rescue: 5 Things You Can Do to Protect Coral Reefs

Well, the situation is not good, the corals are in danger all over the world – unfortunately worse and worse news come out every day regarding coral bleaching and warming of the world ocean. Unfortunately we can’t save all the reefs (we wish we could!) but can do our part – Let’s see some advice what you can do to protect coral reefs!

Protect coral reefs – your actions are important

Humans are one of the biggest threats to coral reefs around the world. Coral reefs house a diverse mixture of underwater species like sea turtles, hundreds of different fish species and over a thousand species of mollusks. They are home to an incredible amount of wildlife as well as protecting the coastline from ocean storms.

Corals make up the coral reef, but some people don’t realize that corals are living organisms. They are not rock or pretty stone, but are related to anemones and jellyfish. When they are threatened, corals can become damaged, which will destroy the reefs. All the wildlife living in the reef won’t have a place to call home.Protect Coral Reefs

Aside from humans, coral reefs like The Great Barrier Reef are being destroyed by an outbreak of Crown of Thorns Starfish. They suck the nutrients out of the coral, which destroys that part of the reef.

You can help protect the Great Barrier Reef from the outbreak by taking pictures of the starfish and sharing the pictures as well as the location on the app created specifically for the reef. Along with protecting the Great Barrier Reef, other reefs are in danger of dying.

You can help the reefs by being a good tourist when you are visiting tropical locations with this amazing ecosystem. Overfishing, careless boating, pollution and climate change are detrimental to the coral.

5 tips how to protect coral reefs

Avoid touching the reef when snorkelling or diving

Never break off any of the coral to take home with you as a souvenir. You are breaking off a piece of the coral, but you are actually removing tiny animals that can’t survive outside of the location. A tiny touch of the finger can actually cause damage to the coral. Stick to pictures and don’t touch the coral itself.

When swimming around coral, be very careful of your flippers. They can accidentally smack into the coral and cause serious damage. Swim with care and keep track of your surroundings to ensure you’re snorkelling or diving responsibly.

Do not use an anchor on the reef

Driving a boat near the coral reef can cause massive damage to the structure and organisms in the reef. Don’t use an anchor around the reef. If you need to stop the boat near a reef, make sure you’re using a buoy instead of an anchor.

The only reason you should be near the reef is to responsibly take pictures and see the amazing wildlife. You shouldn’t be stopped to fish or use nets to catch fish. Lines, hooks and nets can drag along the coral causing serious damage or death to the coral.Protect Coral Reefs_2

Don’t litter in the ocean

This should be true everyone on Earth. Litter can have an impact on the coral reefs. Don’t leave line, hooks or other equipment on the beach or out in the ocean if you can help it. Litter pollutes the water and can be detrimental to the reefs as well as other ocean wildlife.

While visiting with your family, you can volunteer for beach clean-ups and reef cleaning programs. If you see trash, remove it from the area. Out on the ocean, make sure to bring your litter back on land to be thrown out properly.

Don’t buy coral souvenirs

When you refuse to buy the souvenirs, you’re doing your part to protect coral reefs. When there is no demand for this type of souvenir, people will stop destroying the coral reefs to mine the coral for production.

It can take years for one piece of coral to grow back after someone has broken it off the reef. While it is beautiful, the coral should be left in the ocean where it belongs.Protect Coral Reefs

Steps outside the water to protect coral reefs

Being a responsible citizen of the planet can do a lot to protect the environment, and that includes the ocean and its coral reefs.

Recycle your trash and reuse what you can instead of tossing it in a landfill.
Reduce your use of electricity and water in the home.
Drive less and commute with others on the bus or take a bike to work.
Don’t pour chemicals into storm drains since they lead to the ocean.

While you’re only one person, you can do a lot to save and protect the coral reefs around the world from destruction.

This great article we got from Bob Gorman, who is a freelance writer from Melbourne. He enjoys spending time on the beach with his family and diving, likes writing articles that cover travel and environment related topics, he use to contribute to several blogs. Thank you for your contribution, Bob!

Anett Szaszi

Anett is a certified scuba diver, freediver and an expert in snorkeling with more than 10 years experience. She fell in love with the ocean when she put her head underwater in the Red Sea in 2008. Since then , she is traveling all over the world to discover our waters. Wherever she goes, she takes her mask, fins and underwater camera with her. Visiting mega-cities is not her style but getting lost in tiny coastal villages, capturing the beauty of the sea while snorkeling. She is interested in sustainable traveling and marine conservation. She is hoping to inspire people to protect our oceans by sharing her underwater stories. Find her photos on @anett.szaszi Instagram too!

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