August 2011 E-Current
|In This Issue: CORAL Shark Campaigns • Behind the Scenes: Coral Reef CSI • Dr. Sylvia Earle Visits Cordelia Banks|
Now that I've officially started as Executive Director of the Coral Reef Alliance, I'd like to say how thrilled I am to be joining this organization at such an exciting and important time. CORAL has a strong track record of finding creative and durable solutions to many of the threats that face coral reefs today, and I look forward to building on these past successes in charting our direction for the future.
As a coral reef scientist and a conservationist, I see a twofold challenge for coral reefs. First, on a global scale, rising temperatures and acidifying ocean waters are threatening corals, putting the literal foundation of reefs at risk. Second, nearly all coral reefs are facing local challenges such as overfishing, pollution, and over-visitation by people.
By addressing issues on a local scale, we can make coral reefs more resilient to the global changes that are underway. CORAL's mission is to see that this happens as effectively as possible, to ensure that the future is bright for both the organisms that call the reef home and the people who depend on reefs for their livelihoods and inspiration.
The time for action on coral reefs is now, in this limited window of opportunity when we can fortify reef resilience locally before ongoing global changes intensify further.
I look forward to working with you in the coming years to ensure that this opportunity is fully realized and that coral reefs are on a trajectory to thrive for generations to come.
* Photo Credits and Notes:
Banner Photo: Anemonefish, Indonesia
Photographer: Douglas Richardson
Left Side Photo: Cozumel Marine Park 15th Anniversary
Photographer: Cozumel Marine Park Staff
Thumbnail Credits: 1) Douglas Richardson; 2) Coral Reef CSI; 3) Julie Bennett