Coral reefs are not only a joy to behold, but also essential for the health of the sea and the economy of many countries. Reefs contain an enormous biodiversity, comparable to rain forests. They protect coastlines from erosion caused by the energy of the sea. In fact, entire islands have been washed into the sea when their surrounding coral reefs were destroyed (Porter & Tougas, 2001). They provide the major source of protein for several underdeveloped countries, as well as income from the tourist industry. The great biodiversity of coral reefs is the source of new drugs for the pharmaceutical industry. In short, coral reefs are a major asset that should be preserved.
|Title of host publication||Oceans and Health|
|Subtitle of host publication||Pathogens in the Marine Environment|
|Number of pages||16|
|ISBN (Print)||0387237089, 9780387237084|
|State||Published - 2005|