Hello my fellow WhyReefians!
Many of you have seen that the North Reef is sick, and have been taking action to Save the Reef. Keep up the good work! Coral reefs are places where many unique and beautiful plants and animals live. But you may be thinking, "What do coral reefs have to do with me and why should I bother saving them?" It may not seem like it, but they are important to us humans.
Coral reefs provide us with food, and are a major part of the tourism industry. At least half a billion people around the world are somewhat dependent on coral reefs! For example, the Philippines (a country in Southeast Asia) have over 10,000 square miles of coral reefs, and earn at least $1.35 billion a year from fisheries, tourism, and costal protection. Without coral reefs many people would have no way to support themselves.