A report by Kristine Mendoza for Science Times.
The Caribbean is one of the most popular summer destination all over the world. People enjoy the place for its white sand beaches, crystal clear waters, and reggae. To top that off, the Caribbean Coral Reefs is one of the main attractions in the area. However, just like most of the popular tourist destinations in the world, the Caribbean Reefs have been facing some major problems for the past few years.
According to a report from Phys Org, there is now a global effort to save coral reefs all over the world and the project officially launches in the Caribbean Coral Reefs. Known as the Global Coral Restoration Project, the venture aims to help in the rehabilitation of coral reefs so that future generations will be able to enjoy them.
It was in 2013 when The Guardian has reported that the Caribbean coral reefs will be totally wiped out after 20 years if no actions will be done to protect it. According to the report the loss of grazing fish, like urchins, causes massive algal growth in the region and becomes the primary cause of the depletion of the coral reefs in the Caribbean. Late last year, there had been reports that more than half of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia is now dying due to bleaching as well. Since then, major agencies all over the world are on the lookout for the best way to save the dying Caribbean reefs and other reefs in the world.
One of the main techniques to be studied by the project is ‘seeding’ the Caribbean coral reefs on a large scale. Seeding is the process by which reproduction of coral reefs will be sped up. Another effort that is being studied in the project is through the use of small grazing fishes that will feed on the excessive algal growth in the area.