Study: 70% of Florida’s coral reefs are eroding.. Find out why

According to the latest research, 70% of Florida’s coral reefs are eroding and experiencing a net loss of reef habitat, the study conducted by a multidisciplinary team of scientists through the Institute NOAA The University of Miami Rosenstiel Collaborative for Marine and Atmospheric Studies provides new details on the condition of Florida’s famous coral reef.

NOAA): “This research helps us better understand corals along the Florida coral tracts that are vulnerable to habitat loss and require management and restoration efforts to prevent further habitat loss, on the contrary, we have also identified corals that may be potential intelligence for reef development and are likely to continue in the future.”

Researchers analyzed benthic ecology, a compilation of all seafloor-dwelling organisms, and parrotfish data from 723 coral reef sites in three biogeographic regions across the state’s reef region to calculate each site’s carbonate budget. Dry Tortugas to St. Lucie Inlet A positive carbonate budget indicates that the reef is growing over time, while a negative carbonate budget indicates that the reef is losing its structure.

Data from the National Coral Reef Monitoring Program of the NOAA And the National Geodetic Surveys, to calculate carbonate production and carbonate erosion throughout South Florida. The primary drivers of carbonate budgets along Florida’s coral tracts are the amount of coral cover and parrotfish biomass. They found that 506 sites lose reef habitat on an annual basis.

Florida Reef is the only living barrier reef in the continental United States and the third largest coral reef system in the world.

The biggest drivers of coral loss in Florida over the past decade include bleaching events, ship grounding, and diseases, such as stony coral tissue loss disease discovered in 2014 that continues to decimate reefs in Florida and the Caribbean.

According to NOAA Florida’s coral reefs support 70,000 jobs and generate approximately $8.5 billion in sales and income annually. Healthy coral reefs also protect coasts from floods and storm surges.

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