Can South Florida’s precious coral reefs be saved? (includes documentary)

Coral reefs support human life and are a natural tourist attraction. They are essential to fishing and to our food. They also operate as natural barriers that lessen the influence storms and other geographical phenomena have on the coast, which should make preserving them a top priority. 

But overfishing, bleaching and pollution are driving many coral species to disappear. This documentary describes how the reefs reduce and are a base for cutting-edge research on adaptability to climate change. We hope to ultimately raise awareness about coral restoration.  

The Florida Keys’ coral are a part of the third-largest barrier reef in the world.

“In the past 30 to 40 years we had a drastic decline of corals,” said marine biology student Juliana Grilo. “In Florida we lost over 90% of our coral reefs.”  

To try to rescue coral reefs, many steps must be taken, from minimizing pollution to rehabilitating degraded sections, but combating climate change is the first and most crucial step.   

“As human beings we continue to put pollution, trash and other things that lead to coral bleaching in the water,” said science communicator Danni Washington. “No matter who you are, no matter where you come from, you can contribute to this cause.” 

The path ahead is difficult, but we have a chance to save coral reefs, one of the ocean’s most important marine ecosystems. It’s time to concentrate on initiatives that maintain the health and adaptability of our current reef systems. 

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Diana Ocampo is an December 2023 graduate of FIU, with an honors degree in Digital Communication and Media and a minor in film. She is Colombian, has a background in performing arts and developed the weather segment of the weekly noticiero.

Abdul Djabbour is a Digital Communications Media and Journalism with a Social Media and E-Marketing minor student at Florida International University. He has a passion for the media, he’s a writer for PantherNow and he would like to be a TV anchor or reporter to inform and give a voice to his community.

Keith is a digital communications and media student with a minor in hospitality management at Florida International University. He hopes to work in the entertainment industry and plans to build a brand and a name for himself in the social media industry to hopefully open a nightclub. He enjoys the beach, social media, nightlife and digital graphics.