Earlier this month some scary news was spread: Most Caribbean coral reefs will disappear within the next twenty years unless action is taken to protect them. I am pretty skeptical in believing what I read, but it got my attention, you bet it got it. You might have even read the article yourself. Let me explain the title: “Spearfishing Parrotfish: Do not do it!”
While climate change and the resulting ocean acidification and coral bleaching does pose a major threat to the region, the report found that local pressures such as overfishing posed the biggest problems. This factor has made the loss of the two main grazer species, the parrotfish and sea urchin, the key driver of coral decline in the Caribbean.
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