widespread coral bleaching

BEFORE AND AFTER  Healthy coral are full of color, like the fire coral seen on the left. But stressors, including overly warm ocean water, cause symbiotic algae to abandon coral tissues, bleaching them (right).

NOAA predicts that by the end of this year nearly all U.S. coral reefs will have experienced stressful bleaching conditions and they state that globally corals are experiencing widespread bleaching from high ocean temperatures. Stressful conditions in the Pacific and Caribbean could last into early 2016. The NOAA’s Coral Watch Report blames this year’s strong El Niño are mostly to […]

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Chile’s newest marine reserver

Chilean sandpaper fish shelter in a coral cave now part of the new marine reserve.

Chile has created the largest marine reserve in the Americas in the waters around the Desventuradas Islands. contain many marine species found nowhere else on Earth. The Nazca-Desventuradas Marine Park, about the size of Italy, constitutes about eight percent of the ocean areas worldwide declared off-limits to fishing and governed by no-take protections. The area sits a two day boat […]

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