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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 941 WORLD'S CORAL REEFS FROM NOW UNTIL 2020 WORLD OIL CONSUMPTION WILL GROW ABOUT 60% Why are coral reefs important to humans? They serve as a barrier for coastal communities, and are homes for fish, which helps sustain fisheries, and are tourist attractions, powering tourism industry for many countries. Heavy anchors lowered from ships, ships and fishing boats that have run aground, or are on top of the shallow bottoms of water, sodium cyanide poisoning, chemically enhanced pesticides and fertilizers, and illegal collection and contamination of coral for recreational purposes. How are coral reefs damaged? Well, I'm listening... What can I do about it? We can enforce laws better, by making sure that people that harvest coral have the right tools and gear, and are doing it legally. Also, we can stop using chemically enhanced pesticides and fertilizers, because even if we don't live close to the ocean, the chemicals that we use can collect in a water shed, eventually flowing into the ocean. We could also boycott some marine aquarium fish, because some businesses use sodium cyanide as a method to stunning fish in the water, which subsequently kills the coral polyps. Southeast Asia's coral reef fisheries alone are estimated to yield US$ 2.4 billion annually. Occupying less than one quarter of 1% of the marine environment, coral reefs are home to more than 25% of all known marine fish species We have already lost 27% of the world's coral reefs. If continued, 60% of the world's coral reefs will be destroyed over the next 30 years. 58% of the world's coral reefs are potentially threatened by human activity. Myths Debunked! Less than 5 million people are affected by coral reefs. MYTH: FALSE!! More than 450 million people live within 60 kilometres of coral reefs, with the majority directly or indirectly deriving food and income from them. MYTH: FALSE!! About 20% of coral reefs are over-fished. More than 80% of the world's shallow reefs are severely over-fished.
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