A Future for Coral Reefs

View of sunset and coral reef in Egypt.
Coral Reef in Egypt Reef and fish with sunset, Red Sea, Sinai Peninsula, Egypt. © Y.M. Michael Fung/TNC Photo Contest 2018

It's too early to start writing an obituary for coral reefs.

As dire as their fate may seem now, science is changing what we know about coral reefs and how we might save them; about their roles within the broader ocean environment; and about their tremendous benefits to human communities and their economies. In fact, the complexity and interdependence of these systems, and our reliance on them, may be the key to reefs' preservation.

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