Scientists Find Bright Spots Full Of Coral Reefs

Posted: Jun 16 2016, 6:11am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News

 
Scientists Find Bright Spots Full of Coral Reefs
Researchers from Stanford’s Center for Ocean Solutions are among scientists who have discovered 15 “bright spots” around the world where more fish than expected are thriving on coral reefs. Credit: Tane Sinclair-Taylor
  • Oases of Beautiful Coral Reefs flourish despite Bleaching Effect

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Various oases of beautiful and healthy coral reefs have been found to be flourishing despite the bleaching effect of man-made pollution and global warming.

Coral bleaching is a widespread phenomenon and it is reducing the biodiversity of the environment at a brisk pace. Yet despite this pessimistic prognosis, a novel study has found certain oases of corals where everything is just hunky dory.

The corals found in these bright spots are functioning just fine and do not show any effects of bleaching at all. This is due to the fact that the fisheries do not operate in these regions.

All this has significance for the way coral reefs are protected from the ravages of man-made interventionist procedures. The majority of the conservation efforts have tried to reverse the nature of the destroyed and damaged reefs back to their original pristine state.

Yet such an approach is not enough. More needs to be done and on a consistent basis. You cannot stop the world’s trade and commerce. The markets and the cash nexus will continue and the fisheries will operate in their favorite haunts willy-nilly.

The study was published in the journal Nature. It had input from 39 scientists who hailed from 34 institutes. The basic goal was to raise awareness regarding the issue at hand.

This occurs close to the International Coral Reef Symposium which will take place in Hawaii soon. The event takes place every four years and brings together the best minds on the topic.

Coral reefs around the world are being seriously damaged by rising sea levels and hot temperatures. Climate change seems to be the culprit behind the destruction and devastation of these beautiful phenomena. Due to El Nino the ocean is even more warmer this year leading to a further aggravation of conditions for coral reefs.

Finally, catching too many fish from the waters surrounding these coral reefs is the last coffin nail in the wholescale dismantling job that is going on around the world.

Some spots in between have been flourishing though. They provide hope and inspiration for a brand new era in the future when the problems of this age will have long passed into oblivion and humankind will have brought its ways more in conjunction with Mother Nature.

Fish harvesting remains the major problem. Where the coral reefs are left intact, there is no bleaching effect. It is good news indeed to find such oases of beauty and balance in a world gone wrong. These coral havens ought to be made the focus of the conservation efforts of marine biologists.

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