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.