Around 400 #Divers & #Snorkellers Gathered For An Underwater Event In The #Florida Keys To Raise Awareness About Preserving #Coral #Reefs.
The Biggest Threat To #Coral Reefs? It’s #Sunscreen. We’ve Mentioned This Ages Ago In One Of Our Early Postings. A Study Appeared Last Week From The Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology. The Culprit Is Oxybenzone, Shown To Bleach The Coral, Blocking It From Receiving Essential Nutrients. As #Surfer Magazine Highlights: “It’s not just surfers, swimmers, and other ocean-goers using the sunscreen that are adversely affecting the reef. Whenever you shower after wearing sunscreen with oxybenzone, regardless of having been in the ocean, the chemical can find its way to the sea through our sewers and other waterways.”
Many #Caribbean #Coral #Reefs Could Vanish In The Next 20 Years, According To A Report, http://www.iucn.org/?16050 Published By The International Union For The Conservation Of Nature (IUCN). Data From 35,000+ Surveys Suggests That Habitats Have Declined By More Than 50% Since The 1970s. Over-fishing & Disease Is Mainly To Blame.