The Coral Reef Collection
To celebrate the beauty of marine ecosystems and highlight the need to protect them, we've created a new collection inspired by the natural hues seen in coral reefs: Seagrass Green, Red Sea, Starfish Yellow, Sea Blue, Marine Green, Purple Coral.
Why are coral reefs endangered?
They are threatened by a variety of factors including:
1. Climate change, ocean warming (leading to coral bleaching) and rising levels of CO2 in the water
2. Hurricanes and tsunamis
3. Overfishing or destructive fishing practices such as dynamite fishing or bottom trawling
5. Careless tourism
6. Sedimentation: sediments from construction and farming end up in the ocean and kill corals by depriving them of light. The destruction of mangrove forests which usually trap large amounts of sediment is also aggravating the issue.
7. Coastal development
8. Coral mining for use as bricks, road fills or cement, or to be sold as souvenirs.
The case of Hurricane Hole (St. John, US Virgin Islands)
This highlights the importance of mangrove trees in the protection of coral reefs. Researchers discovered that among the tree roots were over 30 coral species, including 4 threatened species. They seem to have survived the bleaching that destroyed the nearby reefs, suggesting the mangroves protected them. The corals that live in mangroves may have also evolved to be more resistant to bleaching than those who live elsewhere.
What can you do to help?
Here are a few things you can do to help protect and preserve marine biodiversity and coral reefs:
- Adopt a coral
- Volunteer for reef cleanups if you live close to the ocean.
Choose only sustainable seafood or go vegan.
- Avoid using chemical products that end up in waterways – during summertime, be especially mindful of which sunscreen you wear and make sure you choose a ‘Reef Safe’ one.