Protecting Reefscapes with the Coral Reef Alliance
On a mission to safeguard some of the last healthy populations of critically endangered corals, the Pelorus Foundation is supporting the Coral Reef Alliance in the search for real-world conservation solutions which will improve entire marine ecosystems for the benefit of both people, and wildlife.
An Adaptive Reefscape describes a network of healthy reefs that are interconnected through the movement of baby corals. For these reefs to reach a ‘healthy’ status, local threats such as overfishing, habitat destruction and poor water quality must be mitigated. To achieve this, a collaboration with the local people who rely on and interact with reefs is essential. Thus, CORAL has evolved into ‘uniter,’ an organisation bringing community members together to protect coral reefs around the world. The gathering of teams of local experts is especially effective through supporting interventions which align the respective community’s social, cultural and economic needs.
Bay Islands of Honduras
Across the Mesoamerican Reef, fish populations are in decline causing macroalgae to compete with coral for space, placing Honduras at ecological tipping point. To prevent smothering, action must be taken to protect and preserve the world’s second largest barrier reef system. In the Bay Islands of Honduras, CORAL has established a management structure to improve their capacity and resources to effectively enforce fishing regulations and conduct patrols. The marine protected areas have seen a welcome increase of fish biomass as a result.
Translating Science into Action
It has been brought to the forefront that effective management which carefully considers evolution and adaptation will help rescue coral reefs from the damaging impacts presented by our changing climate. CORAL made this discovery following a research project into conservation strategies on adaptive capacity. Information unfolded that conditions can be created to help corals adapt to rising temperatures.
Southern reefs such as Honduras and Guatemala, have poorly developed management systems that are calling for support. Through developing science-based management plans and implementing regulations in areas which need it most, CORAL and their partners will become one step closer to securing the long-term health of these reefs.
Just $35 will fund one day of essential patrolling to monitor areas and halt illegal fishing. A sum of $25,000 will ensure that a patrol boat remains in the Mesoamerican region for one year. With your generous support, raising these funds through the Pelorus Foundation is fundamental for the ongoing prevention of overfishing.
Ultimately, a united effort has been proposed amongst the conservation community to form a network of coral reef experts and apply a science-based approach through community-driven conservation to protect our planet’s reefs. By 2045, CORAL aims to establish 45 Adaptive Reefscapes around the world, and the Pelorus Foundation is proud to be actively involved.
HELP US MAKE A DIFFERENCE
If you’re interested in making a donation towards the protection of endangered reefscapes and marine ecosystems, please click the link below.