Advances in science could offer hope for the world’s besieged coral reefs. Gavin Haines investigates.
Whether we are blowing them up with dynamite, dropping anchors on them or warming up the oceans they live in, mankind is leading a sustained attack on the world’s coral reefs.
A recent report revealed that coral coverage on the Great Barrier Reef has declined by as much as 50% in the last three decades, while reefs in the Caribbean have seen reported losses of 80%.
However, experts claim advances in science could enable them to not only restore these beleaguered ecosystems, but also improve their resilience to disease.