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coral reef impact

Over the last decade, 15% of the world's reefs have been lost while a further 30% of reefs are severely threatened. Sadly, we are the main contributors to their decline. The damage to reefs caused by occasional natural phenomena is far outweighed by growing human impacts. Key threats facing reefs are:

  • Coastal development, particularly for tourism
  • Destructive fishing practices that degrade and destroy the habitat itself
  • Overexploitation of resources for subsistence and commercial fishing
  • Increasing coastal populations, which are expected to double in the next 50 years
  • Poor land use practices and runoff of pollutants, sediments and nutrients
  • Disease outbreaks, which may be associated with poor water quality and pollutants
  • Coral bleaching, associated with increasing seawater temperatures
  • Removal of coastal mangrove forests

Once coral reefs are degraded, they lose their value because they are less productive, providing fewer goods and services than healthy reefs. Even if they are only partially destroyed, coral reefs are slow to return to maximum productivity levels. Some scientists estimate that it can take up to 50 years before a destroyed reef is half as productive as it was in its original state.

Imagine a world without reefs. No fisheries, no tourism, and no jobs in vulnerable local economies. We need to raise awareness of their value. Everyone has a role to play.



Reef Check Malaysia (RCM) is a non-profit organisation that was registered in 2007 to engage with the local community to raise awareness for the importance of, and threats to, coral reefs.


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