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Photo of the Week

Featuring images from the Marine Photobank, these Photo of the Week stories highlight ocean issues as well as the ability of visual media to promote ocean conservation. Would you like see one of your images as a Photo of the Week? Please become a contributing member of the Marine Photobank and let your photos work on behalf of the ocean.

Reefs at Risk

Kee Alfian/Marine Photobank
Kee Alfian/Marine Photobank

According to the recently released “Reefs at Risk Revisited” report, more than 75 percent of reefs around the world are under immediate threat from either direct or indirect human impacts and their consequences, including bleaching. These threats include overfishing and destructive fishing methods, watershed-based or marine-based pollution and coastal development, as well as warming and acidifying waters. Bleaching events occur when corals are under stress and expel the colorful algae that live within their tissues, exposing their white skeletons. Photographer and reef ecologist Kee Alfian was called by the Marine Parks Authority to assist in the assessment of this bleaching event in Tioman Island, Malaysia.