Coral Reefs – The Stats

Coral Reef7,600 – Estimated square miles covered by shallow-water coral reefs in the United States

375 billion – Estimated annual amount in goods and services coral reef ecosystems provide worldwide

500 million – Number of people worldwide that depend on coral reefs for food, income, and resources

50% – Amount of federally managed commercial fish species that need coral reefs for at least part of their life cycle

67% – Percent of reef fish species overfished in U.S. waters of the south Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean

90-96% – Percent of nearshore coral species killed by white band disease in the 1990s

>2,000 – Number of coral species listed under CITES

United States – The world’s largest importer of ornamental coral reef resources

$360 million – Estimated amount of money generated by coral reefs for recreation per year in Hawaii

33% – Percent of all marine fish species that call coral reefs home

6 million – The metric tons of seafood harvested annually from coral reef fisheries

0.2% – The amount of ocean area covered by tropical coral reefs

Data: U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy. An Ocean Blueprint for the 21st Century. Final Report. 2004

About The Author

Scott serves as Director of Development & Communications for Audubon Canyon Ranch (focusing on preservation, education and conservation science) and has almost fifteen years of experience spanning for-profit and nonprofit sectors in biotech, wildlife conservation and management, communications, and philanthropy. In addition to a strong track record in organizational growth and leadership, he is the founder of Urban Bird Foundation and Burrowing Owl Conservation Network, and presided over ECHO Fund, a coastal protection and restoration organization, as President for four years. Scott holds an M.A. in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Sustainable Development and Policy, degrees in Micro & Molecular Biology and Environmental Sciences, and has complemented his studies with a Master's certificate in Environmental Resource Management.

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