Coral reefs are critically important ecosystems which support the livelihoods of millions in coastal communities globally. They provide essential habitat for fisheries and tourism along with protection for coastal infrastructure and assets against sea level rise and increasing storm surge, making the socio-economic welfare of coastal communities closely linked with reef health. Despite their importance, coral reefs across the world’s oceans are severely threatened by local and global factors (overfishing, coastal pollution, and climate change) that have resulted in losses of 50 to 80 per cent over the

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