Q: What is coral transplantation?
A: It's an act of relocation of coral from an inhospitable site to where coral is more likely to thrive. Coral fragments broken off by storms or other means and dying corals can be transplanted to increase coral survival rate.
Q: Why is coral important?
A: Coral plays an integral part of our marine ecosystem by providing a natural habitat to 25% of animals and plants of the ocean. Next they provide feeding grounds, nursery areas and food for various species of fish. Coral reefs also provide coastal protection by buffering wave energy and are also a source of countless medicines that are improving and saving lives every day.
Q: What is the status of coral reefs worldwide now?
A: Corals are declining rapidly and globally. The combination of heavy fishing, illegal fishing methods like fish bombing and cyanide fishing, coastal development, pollution and climate changes are degrading reefs worldwide. We have already lost 20% of coral reefs worldwide and another 15% is now in critical condition.
Q: How can I make a difference?
A: Start by being a responsible scuba diver and have good buoyancy skill and swimming technique. Join the Mabul Marine Day and other coral conservation programs to help save, protect and conserve corals.
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