Originally Posted by nikki_kaiser
I read an article a while back regarding the same thing. There are many things that they feel have contributed to the decline of natural reefs. Global warming is only one as you have people who over fish and if you think about it, many countries who have no laws on releasing toxic waste into our oceans. It's pretty sad that pregnant women aren't supposed to eat a lot of Tuna because of mercury levels. At one time someone tried to get congress to make it illegal to harvest corals from reefs to sell but obviously that didn't pass. People alway do things in excess...(sighs). Luckily there are groups that grow corals so we don't have to farm them so much. If you check locally, most cities have a reef club and many people sell their frags for very little when something is growing rapidly etc.
I just think people don't think about it. I mean honestly, it's not something I've thought about until being a fish owner (albeit freshwater). People have a tendency to only think about what affects them directly. However, spreading awareness is always good and like you said, getting corals locally helps.
I've changed many of my behaviours over the years due to reading articles and realizing how some of my actions impact others or the planet.