A bright yellow fish swims through a dense coral reef along the coast of Culebra, Puerto Rico. Ocean acidification is likely to diminish the structural integrity of coral reefs. This could compromise reef resilience in the face of other acute threats, such as thermal stress, diseases, increasing storm intensity, and rising sea level. This will make coastal areas increasingly vulnerable to waves and storm surge with associated effects on the tourism sector, fisheries, and coastal infrastructure.
This image was originally posted to Flickr by Thomas Shahan 3 at https://flickr.com/photos/49580580@N02/23274111382. It was reviewed on 12 February 2016 by FlickreviewR and was confirmed to be licensed under the terms of the cc-by-2.0.