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Thailand closes Similans island to divers and other tourists

Thailand has closed Koh Tachai, an island north of the Similans, to tourists and divers indefinitely to help it recover from excess tourists. All 17 marine national parks in the Andaman Sea will be closed from next Monday to Saturday 15 Oct during the monsoon season – that’s over 60% of coral reefs. But even after the rest re-open, Koh Tachai will remain off-limits.

Motorboat noise halves reef fish survival rate

Noise from passing motorboats increases stress levels in young coral reef fish and reduces their ability to flee from predators - causing more than twice as many to be killed.
Orbicella faveolata coral by Verena Schoepf

Fat helps corals cope with global warming

Study reveals that corals which store fat are more able to survive bleaching events. When the water in which they live gets too warm, corals...
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Which reef life communities are most vulnerable to global warming?

A 100 years from now, all the species in many marine communities will be lost and replaced by new species able to tolerate warmer...
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Scientists measure the beauty of coral reefs

A beautiful coral reef is a healthy coral reef: new system judges health and beauty of reefs just from underwater photos.
Frog Fish, Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef: Australia to ban Sediment Dumping on Part of Reef

Australia has declared that it will ban dumping of sediment in the marine park area of the Great Barrier Reef, but not in the...
Parrotfish in fishing net

Caribbean coral reefs gone within 20 years

Most Caribbean coral reefs may disappear within 20 years, if something isn't done, a new report warns - but for once global warming is not to blame.
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‘100 Years’ until Bleaching a Problem for Corals in Northern Red Sea

Warming seas around the world are threatening corals. But scientists from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Bar-Ilan University have noticed that corals in...
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Coral’s Algae store Nitrogen

Scientists have learned that coral's symbiotic algae can scoop up available nitrogen, store the excess in crystal form and slowly feed it to the...

Creature of the Month, Harlequin Shrimp, eats Starfish Alive

Exquisitely patterned Harlequin Shrimp eats starfish alive: starfish takes days to die.