September Coral Newsletter

September 2009
In this Issue: Photo Contest WinnerThe Beauty of FilmBelize's Threatened ReefsA Sea Change
Coral Reef Alliance Flatworm on barrel sponge, West Papua Mar, Indonesia
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Feature Location: Honduras
New CRLN Leaders

New CRLN Leaders CORAL's conservation messages can reach a much broader audience in Honduras’s Bay Islands now, thanks to the growth of the CORAL Reef Leadership Network. The new CORAL Reef Leaders, shown here with CORAL’s Honduras field representative, Jenny Myton, come from diverse ethnic backgrounds and play a variety of key roles in their communities. Learn more about our programs in Honduras »


>   Help the Reefs Quick Tip
September 28 is Green Consumer Day—a time to reflect on our purchasing habits and how they impact the environment. Avoiding products that contain corals or shells is an important way to protect coral reefs, but you can go further by making all of your purchases more sustainable. Limit your use of disposable goods; buy products that use minimal packaging and sustainably-sourced materials; choose locally-grown organic food whenever possible; and reduce your total purchases to help lower energy use and waste.
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Coral Reefs in the News

"Invisible" Fish Warn the Reef is at Risk
Source: ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies

Experts Discuss Enhancing Coral Resilience
Source: The Saipan Tribune

Tiny Damselfish May Destroy a Caribbean Reef
Source: NPR

First as Farm-Raised Coral Spawns in the Wild off the Florida Keys

Ocean Coral 'Offers Pain Therapy'
Source: BBC News

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E-Current Photo Contest Winner

Peacock Flounder (Bothus mancus), Talikud Island in the Philippines

September is CORAL’s 15th Anniversary! »
CORAL has grown into the successful and effective organization it is today thanks to wonderful supporters like you. Please make a gift today in honor of the positive influence we can have—together—on the world’s coral reefs.

Photo Contest Winner Photo Contest Winner Announced!
Congratulations to Tom Maebe from Moalboal, Philippines, who is this month's winner of the E-Current Photo Contest. Tom's extraordinary close-up of a peacock flounder (Bothus mancus), was captured in a sandy area called Babu Santa, on Talikud Island in the Philippines. Click below to download Tom's image as your desktop wallpaper. Download the image »
The Beauty of Film A Look Back: The Beauty of Film
Remember the days when rolls of film were more common than memory cards? This month's underwater photography column by Jeff Yonover offers a retrospective of vibrant images captured on film, accompanied by tips on how to artfully compose a shot. Read the story »
Raising Awareness about Belize’s Threatened Reefs Raising Awareness about Belize’s
Threatened Reefs

Community groups in Belize are working hard to protect their reefs from rapid unsustainable development. The Ambergris Caye Citizens for Sustainable Development have produced a video about the potential impacts of a proposed development on mangroves and reefs. Please watch the video and help spread the word!
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A Sea Change New Documentary: A Sea Change
All marine ecosystems, and coral reefs in particular, are profoundly threatened by the phenomenon of ocean acidification. The beautiful new documentary A Sea Change presents the necessity, the urgency, and the possibility of addressing this global crisis.
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* Photo Credits and Notes:
Banner Photo: Flatworm on barrel sponge, West Papua Mar, Indonesia
Photographer: Jeff Yonover
Left Side Photo: CORAL Reef Leadership Network training, Roatan, Honduras
Photographer: Ian Drysdale