Coral reefs are some of the most diverse, valuable and fragile ecosystems on Earth. Despite coral reefs only representing 1–2% of total marine habitat, 25% of marine life directly depends on them for survival. Unfortunately, land-based pollution and warming ocean temperatures are threatening these critical ecosystems.
The Seattle Aquarium is urging Congress to mobilize critical federal resources, programs and legislation to develop solutions to save and restore coral reefs, build resilience and prevent future harm.
In 2019, Senator Rubio of Florida and Senator Schatz of Hawaii led the introduction of the Restoring Resilient Reefs Act, which if passed would fund restoration projects where natural disasters and human activities degrade reef ecosystems. It would also promote the wise management and sustainable use of these fragile areas. We support this legislation and will be working with partners in the Aquarium Conservation Partnership to help get it passed in 2020.
This January, the Seattle Aquarium and our guests celebrated Hawaii Weekend. Hawaii is home to more than 60% of the coral reefs in the U.S. These reefs are home to over 7,000 different species of plants and animals, which would receive increased protections under the proposed Act. Over 100 young guests drew pictures on postcards illustrating why coral reefs are important. We will be delivering these cards to their senators and representatives in D.C. next month.
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