The Coral Reef Economy

Coral reefs support jobs, tourism, and fisheries.

Here's what you need to know about the coral reef economy — in under two minutes. Find out why it's not too late to protect our coral resources. Illustrated by Michael Pai. (View Spanish-language version of this video)

Coral reefs are one of Earth’s most productive ecosystems — both in terms of biology and cold, hard cash. Healthy coral reef ecosystems do everything from supporting millions of jobs to protecting lives and valuable coastal infrastructure, like hotels and roads, from storms and waves. In fact, each year coral reefs pump more than $3.4 billion into the U.S. economy And that’s a conservative estimate!

Despite all they do for us, our coral reef ecosystems are threatened. Climate change, pollution from the land and harmful fishing practices top the list of threats. Fortunately, it’s not too late to protect these resources.