With the 2018 International Year of the Reef soon coming to a close, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration this week is highlighting the importance of maintaining the health of coral reefs.

One of the ways the public can help preserve coral reef ecosystems, especially during the Holiday Season, is to not buy jewelry made of corals, according to NOAA:

“Corals are popular as souvenirs, for home decor and in costume jewelry, yet corals are living animals that eat, grow, and reproduce. It takes corals decades or longer to create reef structures, so leave corals and other marine life on the reef.”

To find out more of what NOAA is doing for Corals Week, click here.

And for a list of upcoming coral reef conservation events around the world this month, check out the International Year of the Reef website at iyor2018.org.

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John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at DeeperBlue.com. He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.

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