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The Future of Coral Reefs

January 15 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

coralHealthy coral reefs are among the most biologically diverse, culturally significant, and economically valuable ecosystems on Earth. They provide billions of dollars in food, jobs, recreational opportunities, coastal protection, and other important goods and services to people around the world. Half a billion people around the world depend on coral reefs and it sustains a multi-billion dollar global economy. However, we have lost half of the world’s corals in the last forty years. Coral reefs face an increasing number of threats, including pollution, unsustainable fishing practices, and global climate change.

Come chat with Dr. Mark Eakin and Miguel Figuerola, Coral Reef Scientists from NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation program, about what is threatening coral and what we can do about it! The NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation program was established in 2000 by the Coral Reef Conservation Act to protect, conserve, and restore the nation’s coral reefs by maintaining healthy ecosystem function.

This event is free and is located on the 1st Floor of the Natural History Museum, at Sant Ocean Hall. The event is open to families and children of all ages! For more information, please visit the website.


Q?rius at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
10th St. & Constitution Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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