Ruth Gates – Pres. Int. Society of Reef Studies
"What we have to do is to really translate the urgency,"; said Ruth Gates, President of
the International Society for Reef Studies and director of the Hawaii Institute of Marine
While reefs are major contributors to many coastal tourist economies, saving the worlds
coral isn't just about having pretty places for vacationers to explore.
Reefs are integral to the overall ecosystem and are an essential component of everyday human existence.
Reefs not only provide habitat for most ocean fish consumed by humans, but they also
shelter land from storm surges and rising sea levels. Coral has even been found to have
"What happens if we don't take care of our reefs? asked Gates. "It is dire."