Transcript: International Year of the Reef. Celebrating these remarkable ecosystems every single day. Coral reefs are a hotspot for marine life of all kinds. Coral reefs support our seafood and fishing industries and help keep our coastal economy strong. Coral reefs protect coastal communities from storms, waves, and erosion and play an important role in many cultures and traditions. The existence of our coral reefs is threatened mostly by climate change, pollution, and damaging fishing practices. The good news is it's not too late to make a difference. But we must act now. Learn how you can get involved and celebrate the International Year of the Reef.