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New study from Woods Hole scientists suggests sound could help restore coral reefs (WCAI)

March 19, 2024

Purring fish and snapping shrimp. Croaks and pulses from a chorus of fish. Those are some of the noises that make up the soundscape of a healthy coral reef. Local scientists at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) have been studying if these sounds could be a tool to help restore damaged reefs. Read more

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There’s a difference between the sound of a healthy coral reef and a degraded reef (NPR)

March 18, 2024

Scientists working off the U.S. Virgin Islands found that the sounds of a healthy coral reef, played on underwater speakers, could encourage a degraded reef to regenerate. Listen now

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Soundtracks for coral babies may help save reefs (REUTERS)

March 15, 2024

As the world faces yet another mass coral bleaching this year, some scientists may have found a way to help degrading reefs by playing music to the ears of coral larvae. Watch now

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Playing thriving reef sounds on underwater speakers ‘could save damaged corals’ (Guardian)

March 14, 2024

Scientists working off the US Virgin Islands in the Caribbean found that coral larvae were up to seven times more likely to settle at a struggling reef where they played recordings of the snaps, groans, grunts and scratches that form the symphony of a healthy ecosystem. Read more

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Scientists are using underwater speakers to help restore degraded coral reefs: Study (ABC)

March 12, 2024

Researchers have discovered a new method that could encourage the restoration of degraded coral reef populations, which have been declining around the world due to record-high marine temperatures. The sounds of a healthy reef could be used to encourage coral larvae to recolonize damaged or degraded reefs, according to a study published in the journal Royal…

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COP28: A Solutions Toolbox to Save Coral Reefs

December 1, 2023

Economically valuable and biodiverse coral reefs are under threat from climate change and human-based activities. Recently, the Reef Solutions Toolbox, or the array of tools or solutions available to save coral reefs, has grown in size and comprehensiveness to support this global challenge. Join us as we present the array of science, financial, political, and community-based tools being developed and implemented to save coral reefs and discuss the still critical needs for climate neutrality, mitigating loss and damage of reefs and increased global coordination to meet this critical challenge.

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