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Sense of Urgency at Coral Reef Meeting

(From radioaustralia.net.au) The world”s largest scientific meeting on coral reefs is underway in the United States.

This meeting”s taken the theme “Reefs for the Future”, and hundreds of presentations are focusing on the threats posed by overfishing, pollution, and the temperature rises and severe weather events linked to climate change.

There’s a sense of urgency here, with many reefs on the brink of extinction – with dramatic implications for around 500-million people who rely on them for food and income.

There’s an increasing emphasis on better communication between stakeholders, from fishing and indigenous communities, to local and national governments, to improve the management of reef resources and reinforce legislation.



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