Our coral reefs are in trouble, and the proposal from the federal government to protect 66 corals under the Endangered Species Act is a wakeup call on the urgency of this crisis.
Under the proposal, 12 coral species would be listed as endangered and 54 as threatened. Seven of the most imperiled in live in Florida and the Caribbean, and many of the others are found in the Pacific Ocean near Hawaii.
The decision is the most sweeping effort ever by the National Marine Fisheries Service to protect imperiled marine animals. It's also an important step toward raising public awareness about the plight of corals and providing them lifesaving protections.
Help make sure this proposal becomes a reality.
February 3, 2013 Action Alert ID# 41
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