The world’s coral reefs and the people that depend upon them are in need of your help. If you can afford to help either financially or by spending time teaching others, please read on. If you have no interest in helping save the earth’s oldest living and second most diverse ecosystem, then please pass this letter on to someone who may.
The Coalition Of Reef Lover’s (C.O.R.L.) (501-c3 pending) was formed to give any one who cares about the world’s coral reefs a way to directly and indirectly contribute to the protection and sustainable use of the worlds coral reefs. C.O.R.L. understands that because of the current rapid degradation and loss of the world’s coral reefs, immediate action is needed. Some predictions have up to 90% of the worlds Coral Reefs destroyed with in the next 30 to 40 years. Global Warming is the greatest threat facing the coral reefs future; it alone could cause the extinction of thousands of coral reef species. Pollution, deforestation, over harvesting, improper substance fishing, coral stone construction of buildings and roads, and careless recreation are just a few problems effecting the coral reefs.
A large percentage of the country’s whose borders contain coral reefs are underdeveloped, and many of their problems can be linked to poor environmental education and planning. Any use of the Coral Reefs resources within their boundaries should not only be sustainable, but also be beneficial to the preservation of the coral reefs. The Coral reefs of many Small Island Nations are their one and only exportable natural resource. Some of these nations still depend upon their coastal areas and reefs to supply them with up to 90% of their food protein.
Sustainability and a sustainable rate of development will be two of mankind’s greatest problems to overcome in the next century. In the poorer nations a sustainable rate of growth will be a difficult goal to reach with their limited resources. Their resource usage must be sustainable with broad benefits so development can be progressive, with a positive environmental impact.
The Marine Ornamental Industry provides many small island and developing nations with an outlet for the use of their Coral reef resources giving more value to the coral reefs and providing another renewable resource (when properly conducted), this can help insure their protection. CORL helps villages and communities setup and develop sustainable resource usage. CORL also provides them with an outlet to sell products to the MOI while restoring their reefs and recovering lost habitats.
CORL’s main goal is to preserve and protect the world’s coral reefs by:
- Promoting ornamental marine aquaculture (both in-situ and tanked).
- Promoting and developing in-situ aquaculture as a means of eco-friendly sustainable income for developing countries.
- Encouraging both ecologically friendly collecting methods and proper holding facilities.
- Educating the marine and reef hobbyist on ways to lessen their impact on the world’s coral reefs.
- Educating the Small Island and developing nations on ways to lessen their influence and improve environmental awareness.
- Helping educate people to the problems facing the coral reefs and the need for their protection.
- Working with the Marine Aquarium Council and the American Marine Dealers Association to lessen the Marine Ornamental Influence upon the coral reefs.
- Working with other NGO’s and government organizations to pull together and work together to overcome the many problems associated with the world’s coral reefs.