Key West Votes to Ban Large Cruise Ships Citing Economic and Environmental Impact

Key West Votes to Ban Large Cruise Ships Citing Economic and Environmental Impact

The environment was on the ballot this year, as we have noted.  Interestingly, last week voters in Key West, Florida voted to ban large cruise ships from docking there.

Why This Matters: The marine life of the Florida Keys — particularly its famed coral — is in crisis. A recent report showed that some of Florida’s coral reefs have only 2% of the coral populations they once did.

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Coral Reefs in Dire Straits, New Report Shows

Coral Reefs in Dire Straits, New Report Shows

by Amy Lupica, ODP Contributing Writer A new report released Tuesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the University of Maryland says that the United States’ coral reefs are in dire circumstances, with some reefs containing only 2% of their former coral population. These underwater ecosystems are crucial to sea life and […]

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Deep-Sea Corals Gain Protection in the Gulf of Mexico

Deep-Sea Corals Gain Protection in the Gulf of Mexico

Last week the federal government approved protections for 500 square miles of deep-sea coral habitats in the Gulf of Mexico, NOLA.com reported. The rules, approved by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), prohibit fishing with bottom tending nets and other fishing tools that rip apart fragile corals.

Why This Matters: Deep-sea corals live at depths up to 10,000 feet and protect a diverse array of marine life including shrimp, crab, and other fish caught and sold for consumption around the world.

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Ballast Water Could Be The Culprit Behind Lethal Coral Disease

Ballast Water Could Be The Culprit Behind Lethal Coral Disease

Scientists investigating the highly destructive stony coral disease, which has infected reefs in South Florida and the Caribbean, have zeroed in on a culprit behind the unpredictable spread of the disease: ballast water from big ships.

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Loudspeakers Helping Restore Coral Reefs

Loudspeakers Helping Restore Coral Reefs

Scientists have scrambled to find solutions to help reverse damage to coral reefs and a new study suggests that loudspeakers may serve as an important remedy.

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Warming Seas Disrupt How Corals Spawn, Putting Them At Increased Risk

According to the Scripps Institute, healthy coral reefs are among the most biologically diverse and economically valuable ecosystems on earth and provide our planet with valuable and vital ecosystem services. Not to mention they’re a source of food for millions and also protect coastlines from storms and erosion. But scientists recently discovered that a warming […]

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