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Does coral jewelry make a good gift?

15 December 2011, 2:30 pm

image of coral with text that says to not gift corals because they are already gifts

Corals have long been popular as souvenirs, for home decor, and in jewelry, but many consumers are unaware that these beautiful structures are made by living creatures. Fewer still realize that corals are dying off at alarming rates around the world.
Coral reefs are some of the most biologically rich and economically valuable ecosystems on Earth, but they are increasingly threatened by pollution, invasive species, fishing, disease, bleaching, and global climate change.

Strong consumer demand for coral, heightened over the holiday season, is another factor that is contributing to the decline of coral reefs.

Corals are popular as souvenirs, for home decor and in costume jewelry, yet corals are living animals that eat, grow and reproduce. It takes corals decades or longer to create reef structures, so leave corals and other marine life on the reef.

For more information:

NOAA Coral Reef Watch

NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program

NOAA Coral Reef Information System

10 Things You Need to Know About Marine Debris

Original article: Does coral jewelry make a good gift?