RECREATION AND TOURISM
Coral reefs are the medicine cabinets of the 21st century. Sessile, attached invertebrates like sponges (left) and gorgonians (right) produce chemical compounds for defense or attack. These may treat cancer, arthritis, asthma, ulcers, bacterial infections, heart disease, viruses, and other diseases. Corals, sea cucumbers and seahorses are also used as nutritional supplements and enzymes and in bone grafts and cosmetics
At least 500 million people depend directly on coral reefs
One eighth of the world's population resides within 100 km of a coral reef
Goods and services provided by coral reefs are worth from USD $30 - 172 billion annually
HOUSEHOLD PRODUCTS AND BUILDING MATERIALS
Coral reefs support commercial, subsistence and recreational fisheries, dive and snorkel industries, water sports and more
A healthy reef produces 5-15 tons of seafood per square kilometer per year!
Coral reef associated tourism is worth at least USD $10 billion annually
JOBS AND INCOME
Corals, fish, molluscs and other secies are harvested for aquaria, curios and jewelry
Coral rock is used for airstrips and roads, buildings (right) and filtration of septic systems (center), and it is also burned to produce lime for the manufacturing of cement. Sponges have been harvested for centuries (left).
Coral reefs dissipate wave energy (left), prevent physical damage to buildings and reduce coastal erosion (center), provide sand that forms beaches (right), and build islands
Coral Reef CPR Corp. is a registered 501c(3) in the USA.