Magazine article Geographical

Reefs in Decline. (Global)

Magazine article Geographical

Reefs in Decline. (Global)

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The first global study into the health of the world's coral reefs has found them to be in serious decline. According to Gregor Hodgson more damage has been done in the last 20 years than the previous 1,000. Hodgson is the founder of Reef Check, the organisation which ran the five-year study at the Institute of the Environment at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Alarmingly, just one reef--in Madagascar--of the 1,107 studied worldwide was considered to be in pristine condition. Its exact location is being kept a closely guarded secret by Reef Check staff.

However, protected marine areas in developing countries were found to be healthier than their unprotected counterparts, suggesting that efforts to protect reefs are having a positive effect.

Among the other findings of the study, which involved more than 5,000 scientists and volunteers in 60 countries, was a "significant decline" in lobster abundance in the Atlantic. …

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