Caribbean Coral Reefs

The Caribbean is home to nine percent of the world's coral reefs. They extend across thirty-eight countries from Florida to the Bahamas, Bermuda, Eastern and Southern Caribbean to the north-eastern coast of South America.

They protect coastlines from storms and erosion and are valuable habitats for fish and other animals. Many people depend on reefs for food, income and protection. The coral cover has declined by more than ninety per cent since the 1970s. Only one-sixth of the original cover remains. Some fear that . . .

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