Coral reefs are spectacular undersea ecosystems that are home to thousands of different plant and animal species.
The integrity of these “rainforests of the sea” is threatened by human activities including fishing, global warming and pollution. Trade in corals and fishes is stripping tropical reefs of their diversity but worst of all is destructive fishing with bottom trawl nets, dynamite and cyanide.
Marine Conservation Institute, in partnership with Chantecaille, is working to safeguard deep sea and tropical coral reefs by establishing marine protected areas (MPAs) in oceans around the world.
We can’t do it alone. Please help Marine Conservation Institute protect at-risk coral reefs for us and future generations.
- Advocate for establishing marine protected areas to safeguard coral ecosystems around the world.
- Boycott seafood caught in ways that harm coral ecosystems, particularly bottom trawl fisheries. Support and encourage alternative sustainable seafood options.
- Reduce the global trade in coral reef products including coral jewelry, corals, starfish, shells and other curios from coral reefs, and fish taken from reefs for the aquarium trade.
What you can do:
Although coral reefs face tough challenges, we can act to save them before it’s too late.
- Tell your elected officials and other influential people to support creation of new marine protected areas to protect coral reefs.
- Make sure the seafood you eat is sustainably caught. Never buy coral reef fishes or deep sea fishes such as orange roughy that are caught with bottom trawls, the world’s most destructive fishing method. Bottom trawls are devastating to deep corals that would otherwise live for hundreds, even thousands of years. Go one step further by signing our petition to protect coral forests and stop bottom trawling on the high seas.
- Never buy products from coral reefs including coral jewelry, coral heads seafans, seastars, or coral reef fishes. Instead, buy jewelry made from sustainable materials that look and feel like coral. Before buying a marine fish at the pet store, ask if it is wild caught or captive-bred. Buy only those sold by responsible breeders.