Save the Reef is an international effort presented by a team of artists who share an interest in educating the public about the need to conserve and preserve our fragile ocean environment. We offer an interactive three dimensional exhibit surrounding the attendees with texture and color. The art communicates messages intended to stimulate discussions and promote action needed to protect our environment for future generations.

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Mission

Understanding the interdependencies of the mangrove forests, the sea grass meadows and the coral reef is the key to the international effort to SAVE THE REEF: A partnership within the system is essential, as is the need for a worldwide synergy developing global awareness of the life-threatening situation of our coral reef ecosystem.

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Mangroves

are the transitional zone linking land and sea providing protection for both humans and marine life. No other plant has been able to adapt and tolerate this harsh anoxic environment of salt, tide and currents. Their extraordinary roots protect and improve the coastline preventing storm damage, filtering out pollution and acting as a nursery for young marine life. At one time, these mangrove forests were thought of a s a wasteland that needed to be filled in to improve the land. hopefully the public is developing an understanding of the enormous ecological value of the mangrove forests and the need to protect them for the future.

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Sea Grass

Like the mangrove forest zone provides an additional line of defense protecting the coral reef, providing hiding spaces for creatures such as crabs, shrimps, snails, sea urchins, and crustaceans, Young fish are sheltered and then move to the reef after growing larger. Grass reproduction creates a tough underground root system forming a mat like grid which is perfect fo the collection of sediment and the slowing of currents. With out this system of collection, the reef becomes saturated with a harmful excess of nutrients.

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Coral Reef

is overflowing with life. That life is endangered due to pollution, erosion and global warming. To survive, the reef needs to maintain the interdependencies offered by the seagrass meadow and the mangrove forests. Without this partnership, sediment runoff reaches the reef bringing excess nutrients killing fish and causing bleaching of the coral. Algae supported by the excess nutrients grows in mats covering the bleached coral and spreading over the slow growing coral causing its death.