Corals are aquatic invertebrates inside the category Anthozoa of the phylum Cnidaria. Usually, they form tight colonies of several identical individual polyps. Species of coral include the critical reef builders inhabiting tropical oceans, as well as secrete calcium carbonate that forms a hard skeleton.
Why are they so important?
Reefs provide a vital ecosystem for underwater life, protect coastal areas by decreasing the power of waves that hit the coast, as well as offer an important income source for millions of individuals. They teem with diverse life. Thousands of coral species may be found living upon a single reef.
Over 500M people around the world depend on coral reefs for coastal defense, jobs, and food. A coral reefs’ ridges act as barriers and are able to decrease wave energy by as much as 97 percent, which provides critical protection from threats like tsunamis. Corals assist in protecting areas like seagrass beds and mangrove forests, acting as nurseries for aquatic animals, in addition to human coastal populations.
Reef Surfari is proud to partner with Friends of Virgin Islands National Parks in order to support the goal of advocating for the Virgin Islands’ cultural and natural treasures. We are requesting your help by booking one of Reef Surfari’s snorkeling adventures!
All you have to do is just select which program you’d like to help then use that particular coupon code while booking your snorkeling trip. Then Ocean Surfari/Reef Surfari will happily donate $5 to the Friends of Virgin Islands National Parks program.
Your donation supports lionfish hunters, as well as the multitude of divers needed to offer therapeutics to the coral reefs affected by Stony Coral Tissue Loss. Your donation also will assist in providing continued education, as well as outreach concerning the value of reef protection and aid local researchers study the best methods for breeding resilient corals.
Again, when booking you’ll have the choice of which program you’d like to support. Choosing Coral means Ocean Surfari/Reef Surfari will donate $5 to Friends of the Park’s Coral restoration and preservation program.
Are you looking for things to do in Virgin Islands National Park? Ocean Surfari offers several Virgin Islands National Park snorkeling packages. Get in touch with us today at (340) 202-0444.