EVALUATION OF ECOSYSTEM HEALTH
The 2020 Healthy Reefs Report Card is a collaborative effort of 82 data collectors from 26 organizations of our 73 partners. Most of the 286 sites monitored (46%) now rank poor vs 37% two years earlier. Good sites declined from 13% (2016) to 8% in this Report.
REEFS HAVE EXISTED FOR MILLENNIA. WITHOUT CLEAN WATER AND PLENTIFUL FISH, THEY MAY NOT SURVIVE THIS CENTURY.
REEF BUILDING CORALS FACE CRISIS
Stony coral tissue loss disease is the most lethal coral disease known. Within a year after its first sightings in the Mexican Caribbean in 2018, the disease quickly spread along its 450km coast—killing tens of thousands of corals.
PROTECTING OUR SHORELINES BY RESTORING OUR REEFS
Long-term coral restoration efforts in Belize have been successful in bringing back both reef. Over 5500 genetically diverse elkhorn and staghorn corals at 5 nurseries on Roatan and Utila are cared for by Bay Islands Reef Restoration, Roatan Marine Park.
INNOVATIVE RESTORATION TO REDUCE MACROALGAE
Caribbean king crabs (Maguimithrax spinosissimus) are large herbivores whose ecological role has been overlooked. They feed on macroalgae and their grazing rates may be higher than many parrotfish.