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Video: The coral reef economy is bigger than you think

(Michael Pai/NOAA)

Did you know coral reefs pump more than $3.4 billion into the U.S. economy each year? And that's a conservative estimate! Healthy coral reef ecosystems do everything from supporting millions of jobs to protecting lives and coastal infrastructure. Despite all they do for us, our coral reef ecosystems are threatened. Climate change, pollution from the land, and harmful fishing practices top the list of threats. Fortunately, it's not too late to protect these resources. Watch our fast-draw video to learn more. (A Spanish-language version of this video is also available.)    

More: Visit us online at NOAA's Coral Reef Conservation Program

 

October 2, 2017