Sumary of Locals are working to restore coral reefs in beloved travel destinations. You can help.:
- By Sunny Fitzgerald, Blake Thompson Kuleana Coral Restoration Kuleana Coral Restoration’s Danny DeMartini, left, and Kaitlyn Loucks bring corals up from the sea table for replanting at restoration sites.
- Healthy marine ecosystems are essential for human well-being, and millions of people around the world rely on coral reefs for food, protection, recreation, medicine, cultural connection and economic opportunities.
- So, the decline of coral reefs is not just an ocean-lover’s issue;
- “The situation with coral reefs is quite alarming,” said Titouan Bernicot, founder of Coral Gardeners, a coral restoration collective in Moorea, French Polynesia.
- Studies have found that live global coral coverage has declined by 50 percent since the 1950s and is expected to decline by about 70 to 90 percent in the next 20 years.
- Danny DeMartini, chief scientific officer and co-founder of Kuleana Coral Restoration, a nonprofit organization in Hawaii, said multiple stressors are overburdening corals.