A global event impacting Suncoast ecosystems: Coral bleaching

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SARASOTA CO., FL (WWSB) - Coral bleaching is a phrase that is being brought up more and more frequently and it's happening from the Great Barrier Reef to the Suncoast.

Experts say coral bleaching is a direct result of a shift in the pH of the world's oceans. A shift likely caused by rising temperatures.

In June, NOAA released its forecast for coral bleaching saying the effect is now slowing, but local experts say there is something everyone can do to help protect the environment and the Gulf of Mexico's scenic reefs.

To help, you can:

  • Pick up litter at the beach (even if it's not yours).
  • Minimize the use of chemically enhanced fertilizers, insecticides, pesticides and herbicides.
  • Avoid water pollution wherever possible.