08 Sep '12, 4pm

Caribbean Coral Reefs Are Mostly Dead, IUCN Says

Caribbean Coral Reefs Are Mostly Dead, IUCN Says

The coral reefs of the Caribbean have, to put it bluntly, completely collapsed. Overfishing and climate change are the primary causes according to a new report released by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). In the most comprehensive study yet of Caribbean coral reefs, scientists have discovered that the 50 to 60 percent coral cover present in the 1970s has plummeted to less than 10 percent. “I’m sad to tell you it’s a dire picture,” Carl Gustaf Lundin, director of IUCN’s Global Marine and Polar Programme, said at a news briefing Friday at the World Conservation Congress in Jeju Island, South Korea. One of the main forces that set this decline into motion was the massive die-off of sea urchins in the 1970s, which was possibly caused by human introduced disease. “Without these reef grazers—the ‘cows in the field’ that keep vegetation in check—the numb...

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