WHY IS CORAL HEALTH IMPORTANT
Coral reef ecosystems are not only important sources of food and coastal protection, but are also a critical economic resource. Corals, just like other animals, succumb to diseases especially when the environmental and biological stressors around them work synergistically against them.
Efforts to monitor corals have increased over the last decade as coral reefs have been declining around the globe. Unfortunately, the intensity and occurrence of perturbations affecting nearshore environments is projected to increase. A thorough understanding of the dynamics of coral health and disease is necessary to protect and conserve these valuable ecosystems.