All of the coral reefs combined is less than 1% of the oceans environment but yet it is home to more than any environment that the ocean has to offer. Coral reefs has 25% of all marine life living in them about 2 million species. Compared to the rainforest that only have 10% of terrestrial animals. But within the last 30 years 50% of coral reefs have disappeared.
People depend on the coral reefs for a multitude of things. 1/5 of protein consumed is from seafood. The coral reef fishery is a billion dollar industry. About one billion people eat fish as their main source of protein. 1/8 of the world’s population live near coral reefs.
Even in medicine. Scientist are 400% more likely to find new drugs in coral reefs. Treatments for cancer and HIV is found in coral reefs. Coral reefs is a big industry for tourism as it brings in 3 billion dollars in Florida alone. Coral reefs brings in 30 billion dollars each year.