Coastal Reefs have Many Benefits

shellfish-reefs-for-webIn recent memory the coastal reefs off Australia’s southern shores, composed mostly of shellfish, provided food for local fish and helped to protect the coastal settlements from storms.

Unfortunately, today these reefs have nearly disappeared, due to dredging, overharvesting of shellfish and pollution. The consequences for the 16 million Australians that live on or near the coast are greater risk from storms, dirtier water and endangered marine ecosystems.

While most attention has been focused on protecting the Great Barrier Reef, the plight of the less well known coastal reefs has largely been overlooked. However you can join with the Nature Conservancy and help rebuild these ecologically important reefs.

Join with the Nature Conservancy and sign this petition

Read more about Australia’s Forgotten Reefs on the Nature Conservancy website and add your name to the pledge to restore these coastal reefs at:  http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/589/718/404/

And find out more about Australia’s Coastal Reefs at: http://www.natureaustralia.org.au/our-work/oceans/oysters/ And: Australia’s Lost shellfish reefs

Read about the other Action Alerts that we are bringing to your attention:

Rays Killed for Fun?? In Chesapeake Bay??

Save This Beach for Endangered Sea Turtles

Save the Dolphins of Japan

Take the No Straw Please Pledge

Protect Our Coral Reefs from Ocean Acidification

Tell FedX to stop shipping shark fins

Protect Polar Bears from Oil Spills

Protect Belize’s Reefs

Help Protect the Arctic Ocean from Exploitation

We will keep our alerts updated and bring new issues to your attention as soon as possible. Check posts under Action to see all of our past Alerts and Action Posts.

 

Read more in related Blue Oceans posts:

Can the Great Barrier Reef be Saved?
Protect Our Coral Reefs from Ocean Acidification