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17 Aug 2008

About Hawai’i’s Coral Reefs

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Coral reefs exist in only two percent of the world’s oceans. The diversity of life in a coral reef is second only to that of the tropical rainforest.

Coral animals are ant-sized relatives of jellyfish that produce protective limestone habitat for multiple species of fish and other organisms.

The world’s coral reefs are being greatly impacted by environmental degradation and human misuse. Coral bleaching, overfishing, abusive fishing techniques, anchor damage, algae blooms, global warming and fish feeding are some of the problems

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