Latest Corals News

Plan would protect 21 coral hot spots in Gulf of Mexico

Nov. 14, 2019 12:37 PM EST

A plan to protect corals in the Gulf of Mexico is close to becoming a law, drawing cheers from environmental groups who believe leaving the corals alone would help vulnerable ocean ecosystems to grow. The plan would create 21 protected areas off the coasts of Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida....

Sunshine State considers banning sunscreen bans

Nov. 5, 2019 4:52 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida tourist haven Key West wants to protect coral reefs that attract divers, so it's banning sunscreens that contain chemicals that could harm them. But Florida lawmakers who think it's more important to protect humans are moving toward outlawing the Key West's sunscreen ban...

Brazil fears oil spill could reach coral reef, readies ships

Oct. 29, 2019 9:32 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's Navy said Tuesday it is preparing for the possibility that an oil spill reaches one of the country's largest coral reef systems, amid public outcry regarding the government's early response to the spill. Adm. Leonardo Puntel said three ships are already onsite at the reef...

Brazil: No bids received for oil fields near coral reef

Oct. 10, 2019 4:50 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Brazilian government has failed to auction four oil fields located near one of the nation's biggest coral reef systems. Seventeen companies participated in the 36-block auction held Thursday by the Brazilian Petroleum Agency, which auctioned off a third of the areas for more than...

Coral die-off predicted as marine heat wave engulfs Hawaii

Sep. 24, 2019 1:02 AM EDT

CAPTAIN COOK, Hawaii (AP) — At the edge of an ancient lava flow where jagged black rocks meet the Pacific, small off-the-grid homes overlook the calm blue waters of Papa Bay on Hawaii's Big Island — no tourists or hotels in sight. Here, one of the islands' most abundant and vibrant coral reefs...

AP Photos: Night fishing in moonlit sea in eerie silence

Sep. 18, 2019 9:59 AM EDT

STEWART TOWN, Jamaica (AP) — The warm tropical air gently pushes waves against the concrete steps leading down a cliff and into the ocean — the jumping-off point tonight for night spearfishermen in the small village of Stewart Town on Jamaica's north shore. Down those same steps is where some of...

Coral gardeners bring back Jamaica's reefs, piece by piece

Sep. 17, 2019 8:35 PM EDT

OCHO RIOS, Jamaica (AP) — Everton Simpson squints at the Caribbean from his motorboat, scanning the dazzling bands of color for hints of what lies beneath. Emerald green indicates sandy bottoms. Sapphire blue lies above seagrass meadows. And deep indigo marks coral reefs. That's where he's headed. He...