CORAL REEFS: THE SILENT STRUGGLE

September 7 → 11:30 am12:30 pm

Robert Rendall Building, ICIT, Stromness

Coral reefs are often called “the rainforests of the sea”, from their rich biodiversity. But there is too little awareness of their current decline, says Dr Siti NurTahirah Jaafar of Universiti Malaysia Terengganu.

The cause is rising sea temperatures. When water is too warm corals expel the algae (zooxanthellae) living in their tissues, causing them to turn white and be more susceptible to disease. But because it happens underwater, coral bleaching is invisible to most people – and so it is a silent struggle.

The venue is the Lecture Theatre in the Robert Rendall Building at the Orkney Research and Innovation Campus. The building is on the site of the former primary school, with parking available at the old academy site nearby. Further details of the venue are in a site map online.

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