Coral Reefs

Posted: 18 October 2000

Thriving in nutrient-poor water, one reef may support over one hundred different colourful species of coral, as well as a wide variety of fish which feed on the algal turf covering the porous reef structure. Yet in recent decades this precious resource has become increasingly threatened.

Entitled Coral Reefs, this beautifully filmed documentary, directed by Karen Loveland and Robert Pierce, focuses on a pioneering research project undertaken in the Caribbean by the Smithsonian Institute. The project has contributed a great deal to our understanding of reef ecosystems and the critical role they may play in providing future food supplies for the world.

Reviewer: Rob Gill

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