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Our Favorite Tweets from #CoralReefAwarenessWeek: "The ULTIMATE Coral Collabo" By Birch Aquarium and California Academy of Sciences

Coral reefs have long captured the attention of humans through their breathtaking displays of color, intriguing shapes and structure, and the abundant life they attract to the oceans. But today, coral reefs and the life that depends on them need us to act on their behalf.

Yellow Goby Perched on a Branch of Acropora Coral

Coral reefs are often referred to as the "rainforests of the sea" because they house so much diversity. Although coral reefs encompass less than 1% of our oceans, they are home to over 25% of all marine life!

Non-Photosynthetic Sun Coral with Polyps Open

Aquarium hobbyists are, by and large, more in tune with the societal and environmental issues that plague fresh and saltwater environments around the globe.

We therefore encourage all reef aquarium keepers to be good shepherds of the sea. Remind people that corals are animals closely related to jellyfish and anemones. Corals support so many aquatic animals—as a home, as a food source, etc.—and they also help keep their ecosystem clean by filtering the surrounding water. These are among  the many reasons why saltwater aquarium hobbyists enjoy keeping them in home aquariums!

Butterflyfish with Anemone in Reef Aquarium

Coral reefs are an excellent source of food, shelter, and nesting sites for marine life, both small and large. With about half the planet’s coral species located in the Caribbean, they are very important habitats for the region’s marine life. It’s a source of interest and passion, and a source of food, shelter, and income for millions of people.

There are a number of damage-causing activities threatening the reef's survival, including pollution, overfishing, poaching and coral harvesting—all of which are caused by human activity.

Thankfully, awareness and conservation efforts are on the rise, helping to save this amazing ecosystem we so dearly depend on.

Tiny Coral Polyps Extended for Feeding

For example, last week was #CoralReefAwarenessWeek. We found a really cool thread on Twitter that exemplifies what the scientific community here in California (where Lifegard Aquatics is headquartered!) is doing to create awareness about coral reef conservation and how they are reducing pressures on wild populations through their coral propagation and fragmentation practices.

Shout-out to the social media teams at the Birch Aquarium and California Academy of Sciences for the cool media they produced for this campaign! 

Did you see any cool posts on social media for #CoralReefAwarenessWeek? Are there accounts that you think our staff and others in the aquarium-keeping community should be following? 

Please leave us a comment and let us know!

If you would like a nice sharable infographic about how coral bleaching occurs, click the image below for a PDF version of this cool one created by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for their Coral Reef Conservation Program.

Download FREE Infographic About How Coral Bleaching Occurs

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