Coral Reef Conservation in U.S.A

 

With the rapid decrease in coral reef different organizations as well as individual have taken it upon themselves to conserve the coral reefs.

They have organized camps, as well as educating commutes living in the habitats of coral reefs on the need to conserve them. This has become a concern since most of the habitats of the coral reefs encourage tourist activities thus leading to growth of the economy of a given country.

With the decrease of coral reef, tourist activities have decreased in some areas endangering the economy of these countries. In addition coral reefs are sources of food and shelter to fish species which in turn are used as food by human beings as well as a source of economical empowerment.

Among other issues affecting the coral reefs includes pollution and climate change.

Coral reef,

Coral reef, Shark Island, French Frigate Shoals (Photo credit: USFWS Pacific)

Among such organizations that have tried to save the situation is the United States of American Coral Reef Task Force.

This task force was established in 1988 in order to lead the U.S. government efforts to protect and conserve the coral reefs as well as their ecosystem. It has been helping in building strategies, partnerships and providing support on ground to conserve the coral reefs.

The task force also comprises of government officials and scientists who come together to discuss on the issues facing this organisms.

Among the research done by this task force, it has been established that in the warmer seas and oceans there has been coral bleaching. Among the deduced cause of this bleaching is increased carbon dioxide emissions especially from factories are said to have made the oceans more acidic thereby changing the pH value of the ocean waters.

This has affected the coral reefs in maintaining their structure.

Coral Reef Task Force

The United States of American Coral Reef Task Force, has tried to made some recommendations that if implemented can have a positive impact in the fight against coral bleaching. In their recommendation they argue coral reefs can be strengthened by focusing more on the climate change through reducing pollution and restoring the coral reefs habitats with clean and clear water that promotes t he growth of these organisms.

They have then recommended for the Clean Water Act which they describe as a powerful tool in their efforts to realize this dream.

Since the implementation of this act, industries have been able to discharge their pollution directly into the ocean and harbor a thing that has seen a lot of progress across the states and territories in the United States.

The act also provides authorized setting of local water in quality standards. This is to eliminate the chemical water standards of quality that endangers coral reefs.

Coral Reef The future.

Coral Reef Task Force

This image depicts all of the areas that the Millenium Coral Reef Landsat Archive covers. Red dots indicate coral reef data at the website: http://seawifs.gsfc.nasa.gov/cgi/landsat.pl (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Despite this progress there some clause of the act that has not been implemented fully. Among them is reducing the pollution from source points for example the sewerage treatment and industrial plants. If the recommendations by this taskforce are to be adhered and be implemented fully there US government will have gone a mile in saving the danger facing the coral. In turn economies of the affected states will increase and the effect of global warming will be reduced to some extent.

 

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