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Coral Reefs and People
Coral reefs and people
Coral Reef Conservation

The term coral reef often produces images of warm climates, crystal clear turquoise waters, golden beaches and a huge array of colourful fish and other species. They are well renowned for their beauty, biological diversity and high productivity and it is this latter characteristic that makes them critical to the survival of tropical marine ecosystems and to the welfare of millions of local peoples (Berg et al., 1998; Hoegh-Guldberg, 1999).

Many different species make up a coral reef but the dominant feature is reef-building corals. These hermatypic corals are colonial and made of many millions of small anemone-like individuals interconnected to form the characteristic colonies that form the backbone of ...

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