Cool reef habitat maps at https://maps.lof.org/lof
The @LivingOceansFdn is proud to release our findings from the #GlobalReefExpedition on the state of #CoralReefs in the #SolomonIslands.
We conducted >1k #reef surveys and created maps of >3k sq km of reefs in the Solomon Islands. @UMiamiRSMAS
Congratulations to winners of the "Art for the Oceans" drawing competition to celebrate #CoralTriangle Day!
1st: Haura Amira Faisal
2nd: Gusti Ayu Ishana Aolani Nugraha
3rd: I Kadek Bayu Purusatama
Coral skeletons efficiently direct sunlight to their photosynthetic algae. 3D bio-printing technologies can now mimic their shapes down to the micron level, providing new opportunities to study #coralbleaching in the lab.
https://www.scientificamerican.com/podcast/episode/printed-coral-could-provide-reef-relief/ via @sciam
#CitizenScientist sailors have kept this mission going since 1931. Their data inform #climatescience, #microplastics tracking & other research.
#Drone footage helped marine biologists count nesting #seaturtes off the #GreatBarrierReef. How many? About 64,000.
"All the scientists interviewed for this article noted that mitigating #climatechange is the only long-term, sustainable solution to conserve and restore #coralreefs."
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2020/06/scientists-work-to-save-coral-reefs-climate-change-marine-parks/ via @NatGeo
Which marine ecosystem covers only 0.1% of the ocean floor but stores up to 18% of the world's oceanic carbon?
New @UNEP report highlights role of #seagrass in global human wellbeing.
Big vegetarian fish drive #biodiversity on #coralreefs.
https://phys.org/news/2020-06-big-vegetarians-reef-fish-evolution.html via @physorg_com
Fluorescent corals? They're fighting for their life. https://www.sciencenews.org/article/corals-algae-neon-colors-bleaching-recovery-oceans
Take a virtual trip to the Nusa Penida MPA, a new #HopeSpot in #Bali:
Please join us on #BiodiversityDay for an online panel to launch Nusa Penida MPA as a new @MissionBlue #HopeSpot!
22 May, 9:30-10:30 am (GMT+8/Bali)
21 May, 6:30-7:30 pm (PDT/California)
Register at http://bit.ly/NusaPenidaHopeSpot
@PermanaYudiarso @bpspldenpasar @GreenSchoolBali
1. High fish #biodiversity strengthens coral reef ecological functions.
2. Mass #coralbleaching decreases fish biodiversity.
3. See #1.
"#Groundwater can...be a hidden source of #pollution and potential eutrophication for coastal ecosystems."
"Conserving reefs is as much about addressing poverty and human attitudes as it is about colorful fishes."
Only 5% of the ~1,800 reefs studied are providing sufficient fishing stocks, maintaining biodiversity and a working ecosystem. https://www.leeds.ac.uk/news/article/4577/coral_reefs_struggling_in_a_human_dominated_world via @universityleeds
While two world wars diverted fishing pressure, stocks of some commercial species rebounded. Will #COVID19 have a similar effect? And will it last?
On the #pandemic front line: a marine hydrothermal vent bacterium that produces an enzyme used in PCR tests for #COVID19. One more reason to prioritize #HealthyOceans.
https://www.wri.org/blog/2020/04/ocean-genome-helps-fight-disease-heres-how-we-save-it via @worldresources