Our coral reefs are disappearing. Around one-fifth of the world’s coral reefs have already been lost or severely damaged. Another 35 percent could be lost within 10 to 40 years. It’s happening at twice the pace of rainforest decline.
Coral reefs are the nursery for all life in the oceans, a remarkable ecosystem that sustains us. They have taken hundreds of millions of years to form and are arguably the most exquisite, beautiful and complex thing that nature has ever created.
As dedicated reef keepers, we’d like to think that we could help in some way. We all love to keep these beautiful animals in our homes but wouldn’t want to contribute to their demise. By raising awareness of the plight of the coral reef, coral compass supports the shift towards local aquaculture as a source of coral propagation in an attempt to minimise further strain on an already delicate ecosystem.
In the past, captive propagation of coral was not possible. However, marine aquarists are now experiencing unprecedented success in the hobby once known for a high degree of failure. This has been driven largely by the development of new husbandry techniques and advancing technology, in addition to increasing knowledge, experiences and information widely shared in dedicated online forums.
We’d like to think that everyone should be able to create a coral reef experience in their homes, one that has developed from a sustainable source. Already hobbyists have voiced their views by supporting captive-raised sources of marine fish and corals, that could lead us to a future with independence from the ocean as a supply base. Aquaculture is now a reality and a viable alternative.
At coral compass we are committed to delivering high quality products and services that enhance the home reef experience and increase the success rate of keeping corals in a captive environment.