The 3rd Global Coral Bleaching Event

The organization FOREST / OCEAN - Research and Protection of Marine Ecosystems announce The 3rd Global Coral Bleaching Event Global Coral Bleaching as the issue of year 2016.

Coral Bleaching - Internal Data


During our monitoring of the Coral garden and other coral reefs surrounding the island Embudu in the Maldives we recorded the highest level of coral mortality. In October 2016 full 95 percent of corals were dead. All Acropora coral species, which are the main reef builders, died. Only some species of genus Heliopora, Stylophora, Porites, Favia, Favites and Platygyra survived the 2016 global coral bleaching event. Despite this fact there was a great diversity of fish and other marine animals living on the coral reefs near the Embudu island.

Text above is only an excerption from our forthcoming final report.

Thank you for understanding.

Thinadhoo coral reef in Maledives before Global Coral Bleaching Event 2016 and after...

  • August 2014 - The corals are healthy, the reef is covered with the massive living formations of the Acropora clathrata and with many other kinds of prolific corals.
  • January 2017 - All corals are dead.
  • February 2017 - The whole reef died. The huge, already dead structures of the Acropora clathrata are disturbed and displaced by the breakers. However, biodiversity and the size of fish populations have remained.