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Impact of sunscreens on coral reefs

Are mineral UV filters used in sunscreens less harmful to coral reefs?

Swimmers can choose sunscreens with chemical (organic) UV filters or mineral (inorganic) UV filters. The latter are natural particles, either zinc oxide (ZnO) or titanium…

Coral biology

The link between the skeleton of reef-building corals and past climatic ocean conditions

Scleractinian corals and reef formation Coral reefs’ structures are built thanks to the skeleton of Scleractinian corals. These corals begin their life cycle as motile…

Coral reef conservation

Coral reef restoration: sexual or asexual reproductions of corals

Why restore coral reefs? 25% of marine biodiversity depends on or lives in coral reefs and 275 million people depend on them directly for a…

REEF blog

Coral adaptation to climate change

The oceanic heat waves are getting closer and closer together. Over the last two decades, we have had four! Unfortunately, 2016 and 2017 were brutal…

Coral reefs

Corallivory in coral reefs

Molluscs, reef fishes, echinoderms, crustaceans and annelids – who are these corallivores and which roles do they play in coral reefs? During his expeditions aboard…

Coral reef conservation

How rat density alters coral reef productivity

In tropical areas, the invasive rats decimate seabird populations. These latter play a key role in the functioning of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, such as…

Coral reef conservation

Coral Reef Protection: where do we stand?

Wednesday 4 July 2018 saw the handover of the presidency of the ICRI (International Coral Reef Initiative) secretariat from France to the Principality of Monaco,…

Coral reef conservation

Ten Things YOU CAN DO to Help Save CORAL REEFS

For the recently launched International Year of the Reef, the International Society for Reef Studies (ISRS) is urging its members and all others interested in…