Source: Marianas Variety 
September 6, 2010
Coral reefs are in trouble. Almost 20 percent of the world's coral reefs have been lost and an additional 35 percent are threatened according to the expert opinion of 372 coral reef scientists and managers from 96 countries who contributed to the latest Status of the Coral Reefs of the World, published in 2008.
In response, a coalition of non-governmental organizations and environmental stakeholders issued a letter calling for the U.S. Senate to pass strong conservation-minded coral reef legislation. The U.S. House version of the reauthorization of the Coral Reef Conservation Act passed in September of last year. Further movement of the legislation now depends on the U.S. Senate.
Thirty-five organizations signed the Senate corals letter. Groups represented include leading organizations such as the Coral Reef Alliance, International Society for Reef Studies, Sierra Club, Natural Resources Defense Council, Surfrider Foundation, Greenpeace USA, Environmental Defense Fund, World Wildlife Fund, Coastal States Organization, and Friends of the Mariana Trench Monument.
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