Rainforests of the Sea
Did you know that:
- Coral reefs occupy less than 0.2% of seabed?
- corals support about 25 percent of marine life, with over 4,000 species of fish alone?
- the coral reefs take bulk of carbon dioxide absorbed by oceans, thus helping us in controlling climate change?
- corals support livelihood of millions in the industries like fishing, tourism, pharmaceuticals?
- reef structures play an important role against occurring of cyclones, hurricanes or typhoons?
Now you know why coral reefs are often called the rainforests of the sea.
“Coral reefs are often called the rainforests of the sea, both due to the vast amount of species they harbour, and to the high productivity they yield. Aside from the hundreds of species of coral, reefs support extraordinary biodiversity and are home to a multitude of different types of fish, invertebrates and sea mammals.”
– ICRI (source – https://www.icriforum.org/about-coral-reefs/benefits-of-coral-reefs/)
“Coral reefs support more species per unit area than any other marine environment, including about 4,000 species of fish, 800 species of hard corals and hundreds of other species. Scientists estimate that there may be millions of undiscovered species of organisms living in and around reefs.”
– National Ocean Service (source – https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/education/tutorial_corals/coral07_importance.html)
“They absorb wave energy and contribute to the reduction of coastal erosion. They reduce damage in the event of storms, hurricanes and other cyclones, as well as, to some extent, the energy of tsunamis. In doing so, they protect both the ecosystems between the reefs and the coasts, such as lagoons with sea grass beds, as well as human settlements along the coast.”
Coral reefs are severely threatened and the adverse effects are alarming
Despite their great economic and ecological importance, coral reefs are severely threatened by pollution, disease, and habitat destruction.
“Unfortunately, coral reef ecosystems are severely threatened. Some threats are natural, such as diseases, predators, and storms. Other threats are caused by people, including pollution, sedimentation, unsustainable fishing practices, and climate change, which is raising ocean temperatures and causing ocean acidification. Many of these threats can stress corals, leading to coral bleaching and possible death, while others cause physical damage to these delicate ecosystems. During the 2014-2017 coral bleaching event, unusually warm waters (partially associated with a strong El Niño) affected 70% of coral reef ecosystems worldwide. Some areas were hit particularly hard, like the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, where hundreds of miles of coral were bleached.” (Source- National Ocean Service)
Your role in protecting corals
The most important thing you can do is to spread awareness. Some of things you can do is mentioned in this beautiful infographic, https://aambpublicoceanservice.blob.core.windows.net/oceanserviceprod/facts/coralinfographic.pdf
As an aquarium owner, how can you help?
The beauty and lifeline of your aquarium are fish and corals. So, it is your duty to make sure that you don’t harm the protection of coral reefs.
- When buying corals for your aquarium, make sure they are grown and collected in a sustainable manner that does not harm or endanger coral reefs.
- Be conscious when buying a marine aquarium fish. Make sure that it has been collected in a sustainable manner, like using nets and other ecologically sustainable techniques.
- Provide your aquarium corals with a healthy environment and take care of them. A beautiful coral in your aquarium is the best advertisement to save them.
- Talk about the importance of coral reefs and their potential impact on the future of our climate.
Enjoy your luxury aquarium without worrying about the health and beauty of your corals.
Corals in your luxury aquarium are a work of art. But they require experts to install and maintain them. We have a team of trained professionals to provide the care and maintenance necessary to keep your corals healthy and looking their best. You need not worry about them.
We provide the best designed luxury aquariums in the tri-state area. As one of our clients, Michelle Marion of Cedar Knolls, NJ, said,
“They have turned our tank into a central conversation piece.”
We create a piece of art in a water tank for you and your acquaintances to talk about. We have registered and fully insured expert technical professionals who make sure your aquarium is installed with the most beautiful corals and marine fish collected in the most sustainable manner and maintained to perfection so that you enjoy its beauty to the fullest.
Showcase and enjoy the beauty of the corals in your luxurious home aquarium. Call JKFish at (973) 919 9199 or email email@example.com to talk to us.