Coral Bleaching – Why Do Coral Bleach?

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Corals are colony-forming polyps, invertebrates (backboneless animals) that excrete a calcium carbonate skeleton, which forms the coral reefs. The polyps live in symbiosis with photosynthetically active algae (zooxanthellae). The algae supply the coral polyp with nutrients such as glucose, glycerol … Read more

Ocean Acidification – Destabilizing Marine Environments

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Ocean acidification is the ongoing increase in the acidity of the Earth’s oceans, caused by the uptake of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere. Increasing acidity is having harmful consequences for marine organisms, such as altering metabolic rates and immune responses … Read more

Blue Carbon in Coastal Ecosystems

blue carbon stored in marine life

Sounds strange? Those are two words most people do not interconnect with each other. But upon hearing the term, you can associate the word blue with the ocean and the word carbon makes you think of carbon dioxide. So you … Read more

The Fiji Islands Whale Sanctuary

Whale Sanctuary

BY: DAVID PATON,1, NADINE GIBBS1 and PHIL CLAPHAM2 1Southern Cross University Whale Research Centre, PO Box 157 Lismore, NSW 2480, Australia 2Northeast Fisheries Science Center, 166 Water Street, Woods Hole, MA 02543, USA INTRODUCTION On 11th March 2003, the Fijian … Read more