Coral reefs are among the richest, oldest and most complex natural areas in the world.

Imagine: a single reef can contain around 200 species of coral, 300 species of fish and 10,000 to 100,000 species of invertebrates. Coral reefs cover only a quarter of a percent of the sea surface. Yet 25 percent of all fish species depend on the reef. The fish find a place to live there, they give birth to their young or find their food there. Not only do millions of animals (most of which are still awaiting discovery) depend on the coral reef, but also millions of people. The reef is also a treasure trove for medicines and serves as a coastal protector. Enough reasons to be careful with it,

Corals are living organisms that can become sick. Plastic plays a major role in this, as it now appears for the first time. Coral damaged by plastic is injured and susceptible to disease. These not only affect that one coral, but spread across an entire reef.