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Endangered Corals Get Their Own Sperm Bank

Endangered Corals Get Their Own Sperm Bank

Reuters (Dec. 8, 2013) Faced with an alarming loss of coral on Australia's Great Barrier Reef, scientists in Queensland are building a coral sperm bank to protect as many species as possible against extinction. A 2012 study estimates the reef has lost more than half of its coral cover since 1985, and the researchers fear that if the trend is not reversed, the sperm bank may be the Reef's last hope. Sharon Reich reports.
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Red Sea Coral Reefs Uniquely Resilient, Say Israeli Researchers

Red Sea Coral Reefs Uniquely Resilient, Say Israeli Researchers

Reuters (Nov. 11, 2013) Israeli ecologists are calling for the coral reefs of Eilat to be declared a World Heritage site because of their unique ability to resist bleaching, which is killing coral reefs elsewhere in the world. The researchers say protecting them to create a global coral refuge should be an environmental priority. Jim Drury reports.
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Texas Reef Restoration Hopes to Woo Oysters

Texas Reef Restoration Hopes to Woo Oysters

AP (Nov. 1, 2013) A major oyster reef restoration project is underway off the Texas coast, using 93,000 tons of Missouri limestone. The $5.4 million, two-phase project is intended to revitalize the ecosystem and provide a natural hurricane barrier.
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EU to Probe Creation of Concrete Reef Off Gibraltar

EU to Probe Creation of Concrete Reef Off Gibraltar

EFE (Aug. 20, 2013) The European Commission said Tuesday that it is acting at Spain's request to investigate the use of concrete blocks to create an artificial reef off Gibraltar, a British crown colony at the tip of the Iberian peninsula.
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