The official website of the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council

Oil Spills and Coral Reefs

Healthy coral reefs are among the most biologically diverse and economically valuable ecosystems on earth Coral ecosystems provide a source of food for millions; protect coastlines from storms and erosion; provide habitat, spawning and nursery grounds for economically important fish species; provide jobs and income to local economies from fishing, recreation, and tourism; are a source of new medicines, and are hotspots of marine biodiversity.