Renema, J. Reef animals are an important source of protein, contributing about a quarter of the fish catch average in these countries. The importance of coral reefs, however, extends far beyond the pleasure it brings to those who explore it.
Wallace, J. The reef tourism, if managed in a sustainable manner that is respectful of reefs by limiting the destruction and pollution caused by that tourism, particularly in overemphasis may provide alternative or additional resources of income for poor coastal communities in developing countries.
The ability of corals around vent sites to maintain calcification under elevated pCO2 appears to be species-specific Rodolfo-Metalpa et al.
Why are coral reefs so important? Coral reefs play an essential role in everything from water filtration and fish reproduction to shore line protection and erosion prevention.
They represent both a World Natural Heritage by the age of reefs but also a human World Heritage because of the existence of these cultures.
Coral health is compromised by climate change and local stress such as pollution and over-fishing. The abundance of edible sea life in healthy coral reefs, therefore make them important to human nutrition.