So here’s a shocking tale! Scientists are bringing coral reefs back to life in an experiment in Bali, by giving them doses of low-level electric current. The reefs have been damaged over the years by use of cyanide and dynamite – all too commonly used methods to catch, kill and stun fish. Fortunately, fishermen in this region have come to understand that their actions have impacted the ancient living structures that support reef fish diversity, and are working with scientists to help bring back the reef.
Around the world, corals are feeling the impacts of destructive fishing methods, overfishing (both of reef dwellers and corals) and warming oceans that result in coral bleaching. A new research report gives some reason for hope, investigating the possibility that corals can evolve to overcome this latest potential route to extinction.
Monterey Bay Aquarium
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