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  You can help save our coral reefs!  
Photo: Reef Check France
As you may know, 2016 was the hottest year on record, and our coral reefs are suffering. Close to 30% of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef alone has succumbed to temperature-induced bleaching and death, and many scientists predict most reefs will be dead within a few decades.

However, there is hope!

Some coral reefs have been able to adapt and are surviving. The trick is to identify those populations, and use them to help reefs in other areas survive through transplantation, assisted reproduction, aquaculture and/or introduction of microscopic algae that live inside corals.

We have formed a partnership, called the Opuhala Project, with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which has developed super-accurate thermometers that our teams of volunteer divers will place on selected reefs. These thermometers will remain in place for several weeks, making hourly temperature recordings. Our divers will then download the information, helping us to identify those corals that were able to withstand the most extreme of temperatures. Tissue samples can then be collected to begin the process of saving those more sensitive populations.

We need your help!

Our goal is to raise $5000 to purchase 500 of these thermometers. Please consider donating even $10 toward this worthwhile effort.

For most of us, coral reefs are far away. But for about 500 million people, they supply food on a daily basis and protect shorelines from damaging surf, not to mention their recreational and medicinal value.

Please make your donation today at https://generosity.com/animal-pet-fundraising/how-to-stop-coral-reefs-from-bleaching-and-dying/x/7827169.
     
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