Coral Reef Essay

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The coral reef is a vital part of our ocean. Coral also is a big part of life for people who live near coastal regions. We need to identify the causes of coral degradation, and find ways to repair and keep the reef healthy. Coral reefs are one of the most biodiverse and productive ecosystems on earth and are essential to the plant. Coral reefs only account for less than 1% of the oceans tidal area, but are still home to 25% of all marine creatures like crustaceans, reptiles, seaweeds, bacteria fungi, and over 4,000 species of fish (cite). Although the reef is very important to the natural order of the planet, it is also an economic powerhouse with yearly global value of 375 billion dollars and it feeds over 500 million people around the …show more content…

There are over 500 plus species of marine algae that reside in hawaii's coastal waters, producing a lot of oxygen for hawaii. These algae live on or in coral. Corals are creatures which utilize their rock like structures to host symbiotic algae. Which is how the coral gains its vivid appearance. The algae also so provide crucial oxygen and remove waste from the coral itself. When waters start to warm around coral or is dirty or polluted the reef ejects that must have symbiotic algae. All that is left is a vacant white bleached remnant of what was once vibrant live coral. A healthy reef can contribute to economies by generating revenue through tourism. A healthy coral reef system can be very enjoyable to snorkel and adventure through. Beaches would not be possible without coral reefs. Surf Breaks could also not exist without a healthy reef to make the water shallow enough for waves to break. Even sandbar waves would not be possible without reef because sand is just smaller crushed up reef. All these things bring in revenue through tourism without coral reefs there would be none of that.

Reef is very important to the world but is especially important to the hawaiian islands. Without reef in hawaii we would have no fish and more than 25% of fish are endemic to hawaii or even to their individual islands. This means they can not be found anywhere else in the world. Due to our coral reefs hawaii is one of the top tourists

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