NOAA declares third ever global bleaching event

(Infographic credit: NOAA's Coral Reef Conservation Program) Although corals can recover from mild bleaching, severe or long-term bleaching can be deadly. After corals die, reefs quickly degrade and the structures corals build erode. This provides less shoreline protection from storms and fewer habitats for fish and other marine life.

News from NOAA indicates that the same record ocean temperatures that are causing widespread bleaching in Hawai`i are expanding into the Caribbean, threatening coral in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. This has prompted them to issue a declaration of the third global coral bleaching event ever on record. According to Mark Eakin,  NOAA’s […]