Data collected from over a 100 stations throughout the Florida Keys indicates a 44 percent decline in the coverage of coral from 1996 through 2005, as reported by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Florida’s reefs are falling victim to overfishing, marine tourism and an unsustainable growth of the state’s population. Beach restoration projects to support coastal growth and development have had a severe impact on the reefs located across much of the state’s waters.
The global coral conservation initiative and team of scientists, Caitlin Seaview Survey, pioneered in Queensland, Australia, has created an infographic in hopes of spreading awareness of the issues of coral reef decline, ocean acidification and the importance of coral reefs to the general public. Readers can get more information and download the poster here: www.catlinsearviewsurvey.com.
Partnered by title sponsor and global insurance company, Caitlin Group, Catlin Seaview Survey is working with the Global Change Institute at The University of Queensland in Australia and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California in San Diego, USA.