coral reefs at risk
Digital Art on Metal 36" W X 24" H
A combination of local stressors (e.g., overfishing) and global factors, such as ocean acidification, heat and weather cycles, threaten about 75% of coral reefs world-wide. It is projected that by mid-century, 95% of coral reefs will be threatened by heat and bleaching. Coral reefs are a crucial part of the ocean's ecosystem, providing food and shelter to a quarter of all marine life. An estimated 500 million to one billion people rely on the fish supported by coral reefs.