“A jewel of biodiversity”. This is how scientists have described a newly discovered reef complex off the East African coast, where corals appear to thrive despite the climate crisis.
Located off Tanzania and Kenya, the fortress sits in a rare cool ocean spot, protecting corals and marine mammals from the impacts of climate change. Now scientists are calling for the site to be protected from fishing and nearby coastal developments.
“This area could become an incredibly important sanctuary where marine species large and small will flock to find refuge from climate change,” said coral scientist Dr. Tim McClanahan of the Wildlife Conservation Society. “If well protected, this key transboundary marine ecosystem will remain a jewel of biodiversity for the entire east coast of Africa.”
Image: Michael Markovina / WCS