A new study that centered its research on the salvation and conservation of coral reefs declared that action that has as a focus evolution and adaptation might be the key to rescue coral reefs.
As we all know, in recent times, the coral reefs are more and more threatened by climate change, which is the effect of human activities. The increasing temperature of the oceans had obliged coral reefs to migrate from their home grounds at the Tropics to zones with a temperate climate. And this is not all. Coral reefs had started to experience bleaching too.
Researchers strongly believe that by making smart choices and using the right tools, conservation administrators can create the necessary conditions to aid coral reefs to accommodate to the new changes in climate. The study suggests that protecting coral reefs is not enough.
Coral Reefs Can Still Be Saved, But We Neet to Act Now
Nowadays, scientists try to protect coral species depending on the zone they thrive in. A better approach would be to bring together a variety of coral kinds because they might have a better chance of survival and adaptation due to climate change. What must also be done is to take measures to enhance the medium in which the coral reefs live by decreasing things like overfishing and water pollution.
The team of researchers created mathematical patterns with the help of which analyzed the outcomes of correct management decisions on the well being of coral reefs. The results were encouraging as the coral reefs that were managed correctly produced baby corals that could adapt better to the new oceanic conditions, therefore, could save the coral reef population.
Researchers further added that the time to act and implement the proper measures is now. Climate changes more and more for the worse, and we do not have much time until corals would be too weak to recover.
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