10 Sep '12, 2pm

In the Caribbean Coral Die-Off, Myriad Wrinkles

In the Caribbean Coral Die-Off, Myriad Wrinkles

At its ongoing conference in South Korea, the International Union for Conservation of Nature released a report on Friday indicating that live coral coverage on reefs in the Caribbean has plummeted from nearly 50 percent in the 1970s to less than 10 percent today. Yet describing the entire Caribbean as a region where reefs are in a state of general collapse tends to cloud the problem’s complexity, the study suggests. The acidification of the ocean has contributed to the bleaching and diminution of coral off Caye Caulker, Belize. Michael Lesser , a program director for biological oceanography at the National Science Foundation , acknowledges that the region is the “poster child” for the global destruction of reefs. “The pronouncement that the Caribbean itself would be in dire straits is no surprise – we’ve been talking about this for a long time now,” he said. Overfishing ha...

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