Blue Ocean Institute

Aug 13th
2009

Taking a vacation?

Normal coral (left) exposed to ultraviolet filters found in sunscreen "bleaches" white (right) when the algae living inside it die.  Up to 10 percent of coral reefs are threatened by sunscreen-induced bleaching, a new study found.  Photograph courtesy Department of Marine Science, Polytechnic University of Marche, Ancona, Italy

Normal coral (left) exposed to ultraviolet filters found in sunscreen "bleaches" white (right) when the algae living inside it die. Up to 10 percent of coral reefs are threatened by sunscreen-induced bleaching, a new study found. Photograph courtesy Department of Marine Science, Polytechnic University of Marche, Ancona, Italy

A recent study found that common ingredients common in sunscreen can damage coral reefs.

For those of you gearing up for your summer vacation, The Washington Post put together a list of ways you can minimize your impact on the corals you are trying to get a closer look at.

Tread (water) lightly and enjoy the marvels of your summer vacation.

Speaking of tropical adventures, our very own Research Scientist Alan Duckworth is in Jamaica continuing a study looking at the effect of coastal development (including beach resorts) on corals.  Stay tuned for Alan’s report from the field next week.  And if you want to catch up on what he found during his January 2009 portion of this study, read here.

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