South Florida’s coral reef dwellers in peril (includes video story)

The demise of coral reef dwellers like sharks and manta rays is a serious issue.

Overfishing, ocean pollution and climate change pose threats to the marine fauna and flora that live near the reefs.

Unsustainable fishing has multiplied by 18 times since 1970, which is why experts say it is urgently necessary to set a catch limit.

Due to their slow growth and infrequent reproduction, sharks and rays are among the most vulnerable species. Unsustainable fishing practices are responsible for the 71% drop in these species.

In order to address the issues produced by increased fishing and restore these animals, action must be taken to create long-term sustainability.

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.

Diana is a senior at Florida International University seeking a degree in Digital Media and Multimedia Production with a minor in film. She is passionate about content creation, TV production and entertainment. She plans to produce her own television show after completing her undergraduate studies.