Want to stay connected to the underwater world even when you’re not out diving or at the beach? Now you can catch a glimpse of coral reef communities all day long with Oceana’s new ReefCam. Through a partnership with the University of the Virgin Islands Center for Marine and Environmental Studies, Oceana has launched live-feed video footage that captures marine animals as they swim and forage around near-shore reefs off of St. Thomas. ReefCam brings attention to the importance of coral colonies, as they provide shelter, food, and breeding and spawning grounds for many species, and need to be protected in the face ocean acidification, bottom trawl nets, dredges, and destructive fishing gear. You can watch Oceana’s ReefCam here.
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