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Earth Film Challenge
Coral reefs are capable of rebounding quickly after devastating hurricanes and other natural disasters, but the effects of human disturbances may be long-lasting. This program examines two reefs beginning over 40 years ago. One reef was subjected to intense fishing pressure and slowly lost its corals and changed to an algal reef. In 2000 Fiji suffered a catastrophic bleaching event resulting in the rapid mortality of corals. Over the following decade these bleached reefs did recover, demonstrating their resilience to return to their previous state. But will this always be the case in the future?