Vibrant coral reefs becoming a thing of the past

6″ x 9″ watercolor, $70 ($10 donated to the Coral Reef Alliance)
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I had to revisit yesterday’s post since what remains of healthy coral reefs is an inspiring visual worth saving in a painting. The donation from the sale of this painting will go to the Coral Reef Alliance, which is “dedicated to keeping coral reefs alive by integrating ecosystem management, sustainable tourism, and community partnerships.”

Since very few of us land dwelling mammals have a clear understanding of what’s going horribly wrong underwater, it’s even more difficult to grasp what it means above the surface. Multiple factors such as warming ocean temperatures and over fishing is causing a ripple effect fatal to reefs. Take that one step further, and soon the world is faced with a global food security crisis because of the underwater graveyard.

Since the damages are approaching “beyond repair,” it’s hard to imagine how we will compensate for the 30 million people who depend entirely on coral reefs for their income and for their food.* It would take an additional area of tropical coral four times the size of the Great Barrier Reef – the biggest reef system in the world – to sustain current fishing levels.*

*Information taken from, “Loss of Coral May Cause Food Supply Crisis”


  • Mildred Fennig on

    Again you have touched my heart. I grew up in Florida, leaving Kentucky at age eleven. Returning to Florida, a couple of times a year, I am saddened by what has happened to my beaches. They are no longer pristeen..though people who didn’t experience them years ago don’t realize what has and is happening. There is trash in the water and the erosion is happening incredibly quickly. As a child, I remember the walk to reach the water was so very long, I felt I would never reeach the water and now it is spitting distance almost. There is a branch of Scripps/Smithsonian and some other research facilities and I know they are working on the problems but it seems to me that we’ll never catch up with the amount of damage that has been created. There are museum programs that teach the school children about the sea creatures and I love to attend these when I am in town. The children are part of the hope for the future. I don’t want to feel so hopeless and must constantly work on my feelings. But some days, I must just mope and then move on. Thanks for bringing the awareness of , yet, another great project to the forefront.

  • Ashley Cecil on

    Thanks for your thoughtful comments and story. Lets hope changes are made in time to turn this around.

  • Dear Ashley,

    Thanks so much for using your medium to educate your patrons about the plight of coral reefs. We at the Coral Reef Alliance are honored to be recognized by you and are grateful for your contribution towards our efforts. While we have lost nearly a quarter of the planet’s reefs within the last few decades, there is much everyone can do to reverse the trend. Please let us know if there is any information you would like to share with the folks who visit your website.


    Brian Huse
    Exective Director

  • Ashley Cecil on

    Thank you Brian, I’m happy to help. The gentleman who bought the painting is a “regular” patron of mine who said he would be giving it to a friend in Florida. I’m sure this person knows about the trends in coral reefs. I hope the stories on this blog help keep the message going and maybe this person will find out about the Coral Reef Alliance as a result. That’s the idea anyway.

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