Helping The Community
MONITORING OF CORAL BLEACHING
A single coral colony is made up of numerous individual coral polyps. Corals depend on an algae inside their tissue to provide them with food and oxygen. The algae is what colors the coral. When coral is stressed either by pollution, increased sea temperatures, low oxygen or disease, the coral loses its algae partner and the coral turns white. This is called coral beaching. Crew 3000 actively monitors coral health while diving. Surveys are submitted to the National Marine Sanctuary Program.