Coral reefs are the most diverse of all marine ecosystems they teem with life with perhaps one quarter of all ocean species depending on reefs for food and shelter this is a remarkable statistic when you consider that reefs cover just a tiny fraction less than one percent of the earths . The noaa coral reef conservation program crcp is a partnership between the noaa line offices that work on coral reef issues the national ocean service the national marine fisheries service the office of oceanic and atmospheric research and the national environmental satellite data and information service. Coral reefs are some of the most diverse ecosystems in the world housing tens of thousands of marine species about one third of all marine fish species live part of their lives on coral reefs. Coral reefs arent just pretty to look at they also act as a natural flood protection barrier from powerful ocean storms but with reefs in danger around the world much of this valuable flood protection could be lost a study released tuesday pinpoints the value of coral reefs finding coastal
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