Barbados needs to act now to save its coral reefs!
Marine Biologist at the Coastal Zone Management Unit (CZMU), Angelique Brathwaite, said the reality is that the situation regarding the island’s coral reefs is now “dire”, and all sectors need to come together to save them. “Our coral reefs are in serious trouble. Most of the ecosystem services provided by coral reefs such as protection and reef fish habitat could be lost in as few as another 70 years unless something is done,” she said, noting that while still beautiful, many reefs were already showing increases in algae and declines in coral and reef fish abundance.
The marine biologist noted that coral reefs have been deteriorating for a number of years, due to both anthropogenic and climate-related causes. Land-based sources of marine pollution such as general runoff, sewage, gray water, pesticides and fertilisers, coupled with physical damage from boats, divers…
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