13 Apr 2020 - These “rainforests” of the oceans are starting to recover, thanks to the efforts of a group of scuba divers who are nurturing young corals in “nurseries” before planting them back on rocks to rejuvenate the reefs.
- Jamaica lost 85% of its reefs due to a hurricane, pollution, overfishing and boat damage.
- “Coral gardeners” are helping to restore the reefs by growing young corals in “nurseries.”
- Sea urchins and parrotfish, which protect corals, are also making a comeback.
Jamaica’s coral reefs were once a paradise for scuba divers and a haven for marine life from parrotfish to sea snakes. But that was before a sequence of disastrous events deprived the Caribbean island of its coral.
Just as the coral was starting to recover, in 1983 a mystery disease killed off grazing sea urchins, which kept harmful algae at bay. Pollution, overfishing and boat damage added to the destruction, and eventually 85% of Jamaica’s coral reefs were lost.
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