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New algae threatens conservation of Caribbean coral reefs – Open Access Government

Human activity is making the conservation of Caribbean coral reefs difficult – but a new algal threat is adding pressure to an already precarious situation



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Corals are marine invertebrates that build large exoskeletons from which reefs are constructed. They are, unfortunately, so beautiful that humans regularly want to see them whenever they are able to. This leads to physical disruption and stress on the coral itself, which can kill these fragile but essential elements of the ecosystem.
How is the algae impacting the coral reef?
To grow new reef structures, free-floating baby corals first have to successfully attach to a stable surface. They prefer…

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