Research by marine biologists from Wageningen University has shown that feeding on zooplankton by scleractinian corals has been greatly underestimated.
|Written by Tim Wijgerde|
This year is the International Year of the Reef; IYOR 2008. For this reason, the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef studies has published a series of lectures from the world’s leading coral scientists!
Take a look at their website, where people such as Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg talk about climate change and coral reefs. The message is clear; the tides have to be turned when it comes to burning of fossil fuels! We NEED the coral reefs;
- coral reefs provide a habitat for a staggering amount of fish and invertebrate species
Society and economy:
- many people are dependent on the coral reefs worldwide (fishing, ecotourism and ornamental trade)
- the Great Barrier Reef alone yielded an estimated gross of 10 billion USD in 2004, mainly from ecotourism
- Coral reefs worldwide protect the coastline of 109 countries (think of the 2004 tsunami!)