Coral Reef By Abi Davis
WHAT IS A COARL ? • Coral Reef are underwater structures • Coral is living structure compound • Its made up by anemone • Some parts are made up of small living animals. • Reefs grow best in warm, shallow, clear and sunny waters. • “Barbados' coral reefs have a variety of species such as mollusks, polychaetes, sea urchins, cucumbers, sponges and reef fish. “
CORAL IN BARBADOS
Every sea area in Barbados is covered by reef • The 3 types of reef’s in Barbados are • Bank Reefs ( semi-circular outline ) • Patch Reefs ( An Isolated area, often circular) • Fringing Reefs ( Reef’s along the shores ) • bank reefs takes up over 38.3km • fringing reefs take up over 20.4 km.
Corals are very important for Barbados because • Fisheries ( Many fisheries depend on reefs for support ) • Tourism ( lots of money is paid for tourist to visit the beautiful reefs we have) • Erosion ( some reefs reduce the speed and energy of the wave from eroding the land) • Land Formation ( Some coral communities can form limestone and sometimes it can become a island
There are many threats to Barbados reefs • Some natural cause are, chemical pollution, sewage, coastal development, overfishing, coral mining and careless scuba divers, boaters, and snorkelers weaken coral reefs and threaten the wildlife dependent upon them. • Reefs in the tropics are being damaged by deteriorating water quality, physical damage and by climate change
The tissue that covers the Corals are damged easily • Hurricanes or strong winds can damage reefs in shallow waters • All the boats and jet skis used for the tourist are getting lots of money but then at the same time they are destroying or reefs • We depend on our reefs to keep our fish safe