The ocean is home to 80% of life on this planet.
It plays a crucial role in regulating our climate and absorbing carbon dioxide.
It provides the primary source of protein for more than 2.6 billion people.
It is a source of livelihood for fishermen globally.
Ecosystem services provided by coral reefs alone is estimated to be $30 billion annually.
Coral reefs are vital to the world's fisheries, act as nurseries for young fish, produce medicinal compounds for cancer treatments, painkillers and other medical applications, and protect islands by acting as a natural barrier against storms.
More than 90 national economies integrate reef-based activities, creating more than 15% of GDP in nearly two dozen countries.