Coral bleaching is an ongoing and catastrophic threat to marine life in the North American Atlantic Ocean, and this year it’s been particularly severe in Florida, where more than 1,500 species of fish have been extirpated by the bleaching event.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has declared the crisis a national emergency, with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration providing advice and assistance to the public on the best ways to protect marine life.
The Atlantic Coral Reef System, the world’s largest coral reef system, has been hit hard, too.
Since the mid-1970s, when the system’s peak bloom was at its peak, the system has been the focus of a worldwide conservation movement that aims to protect it and protect marine biodiversity.
In the 1990s, the movement’s first leader, Dr. Michael Crichton, published Coral Reefs of Hope, which sought to reduce the amount of coral bleached during a particular season by implementing a number of conservation measures to help the reef recover from bleaching.
But the effort fell short.
A decade later, the current crisis has been brewing for years, with a series of coral-bleaching events throughout the year.
The bleaching phenomenon has affected reefs across the U.N. Atlantic and Caribbean region, with some areas suffering from the most severe and deadly effects, including the devastating impact on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.
The worst-affected areas in the U, U.K., and U.A.E. are the Caribbean and South Atlantic, where coral bleaches are often caused by the strong El Niño weather pattern that has impacted the Caribbean Sea.
Coral bleached reefs are typically found in warm and tropical waters that are generally warm enough to support growth and development, which is why coral reefs are so sensitive to environmental factors like temperature.
However, some areas, like the Caribbean, have experienced extreme weather events such as tropical cyclones, floods, hurricanes, and tornadoes, which have severely affected coral bleachers.
In addition to the extreme conditions, coral bleacher conditions also increase the chance that coral will bleach to the point of no return, which could result in irreversible damage.
Coral reefs are a vital part of marine life and ecosystems, and if bleaching continues unchecked, these ecosystems will be lost.
It’s important to understand what causes coral bleacings, and how they are changing the health of the oceans.
Here are some key facts about coral blecking.