Excessive algal growth is threatening the health of Caribbean reefs, choking out corals and degrading the habitat that other reef creatures—such as fish, sea turtles and lobsters—depend on. Fish, especially parrotfish, which graze on algae around coral reefs, play a key function in providing suitable habitat for corals to settle and build those reefs.
"Restoring healthy populations of elkhorn and staghorn coral is critical to restoring the health of Caribbean reefs as a whole … Without better protection, we risk losing the entire reef community," says attorney Andrea Treece.
Coral and Parrotfish: A Love Story – It’s true. Coral can’t live without parrotfish. These brightly colored fish help keep Caribbean coral reefs growing by grazing on algae that can smother them. Watch the love story unfold in this video featuring attorney Andrea Treece as she fights to save coral using the power of law.