4 Jun 2019 - June 1 marks World Reef Day, created by a partnership of Hawaiian businesses in the United States. Their goal? To bring awareness to the declining health of the ocean's coral reefs.
Although reefs occupy less than 1% of the ocean floor, they are home to more than 25% of marine life. Worldwide, coral is dying because of rising sea temperatures, industrial pollution, plastic pollution, overfishing, sewage, chemical sunscreens and unmanaged high-density tourism.
Hawaii’s coral reefs, which edge up close to the shore, are particularly endangered. This vulnerability explains the action that local lawmakers, businesses and organizations are taking to protect the state’s marine environments. Here’s what you can do — as a traveler and citizen — to help.
Use reef-safe sunscreen
Continue reading online here: https://www.latimes.com/travel/hawaii/la-tr-world-reef-day-coral-reefs-20190601-story.html