There is a growing concern regarding the situation of coral reefs nowadays. This ocean treasure is highly endangered because this year it has been registered the largest coral bleaching that ever occurred in history.
This situation has determined many of the world’s organizations and scientists to take active measures to prevent this unusual weather event from spreading even further.
One of the initiatives will be Tuesday, July 5th, and it will be represented by the annual event of Maui Ocean Center, known as Night at the Reef: Incredible Corals.
Probably hundreds of people will attend this event, and they will have the opportunity to see the genuine beauty of coral reefs. During the evening organizers will underline the importance of coral reproduction and other aspects of coral reefs in front of many experts and scientists from every corner of the world.
The largest varieties of Pacific corals live in Maui Ocean Center (MOC). More precisely, 41 coral species are well preserved in special aquariums, and most of them cannot be found in other parts of the world as these corals can be found in Hawaiian waters on.
The event will start at 7 p.m., and it will include many activities such as live entertainment, shopping, and pre-event refreshments. The price of admission is $25 for children between 3 and 12 years old and $30 for adults.
In addition to this, United States military and Hawaii residents will benefit from a 20 percent discount and a valid ID. Because the event is so famous, organizers advise people to make reservations if they want to make sure that they will participate in the exhibition.
Reservations can be made at (808) 270-7075, whereas people will be able to buy tickets from the website soon enough. Coral reefs are home to countless species of plants and marine creatures. If they become extinct, the ocean ecosystem will probably suffer the biggest decline in the history.
The plants and algae living on corals are full of nutrients and vital for the water quality. If coral bleaching does not stop, many species of marine plants, fish, and mammals relying on coral reefs will most likely become extinct.
A significant percent of the funds collected during the event will be donated by the Maui Ocean Center to a local non-profit organization, known as Project S.E.A. – Link. This organization offers marine science education and it raises awareness regarding the coral reefs threat among government agencies, other nonprofit organizations, the local community, scientists, teachers, and students.