Drastic Measures Scientists Take to Save Coral Reefs

Coral reefs, often referred to as the rainforests of the ocean, are facing a significant threat to their existence.

Existential Crisis for Coral Reefs

Climate change is threatening the diverse life in underwater ecosystems.

Climate Change

The term 'coral bleaching' refers to an environmental phenomenon where corals expel the algae in their tissues, causing them to turn white.

Coral bleaching is primarily caused by rising sea temperatures, indicating significant stress in coral communities.

Why is the algae important?

When corals lose their algae, it affects their ability to obtain nutrients, often leading to their death. This imbalance affects marine life and human communities dependent on these ecosystems.

One innovative solution to combat coral bleaching is the use of artificial shading. By controlling sunlight exposure, the effects of bleaching can be mitigated.

GBR Restoration Project

Projects like GBR Restoration use fogging techniques to reduce the intensity of light reaching the corals, helping them combat bleaching events.


Probiotics for Corals: Taking inspiration from human health sciences, scientists are introducing beneficial bacteria (probiotics) into coral systems.

Significance of Coral Reefs

Coral reefs play multiple roles, including protecting coastlines, providing habitat for marine organisms, supporting fishing and tourism industries, and playing a role in carbon and nitrogen fixing.

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