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Lizzy GreshamBIO 155-013Coral Reef Article12 March 2020The Coral Reef and Environmental EffectsCoral reefs are beautiful organisms that captivate individuals’ eyes with stunning, vibrant colors. Coral reefs are marine organisms that fall into the main phylum of Cnidaria and class Anthozoa (UC San Diego). Coral tends to create and build to produce magnificent colonies that allows for interactions with other organisms, by providing a place of residence and living for those different species (Wheeler et al., 2006). Coral reefs are structures built from mostly limestone, which is obtained by various contributing sources and the reefs can create their own habitat providing for themselves and other organisms (Sheppard 2018). Coral reefs are a vital ecosystem due to its many contributions through fishing, diversity in ecosystems, and site seeing attraction. Coral reefs are one of the largest providers of fish for humans, which an extremely efficient way for one to obtain protein; however, due to overfishing by commercial fisheries the ecosystem has begun to be imbalanced (Bellwood et al., 2004). Coral reefs create a diversity that allows for humans to develop economically because many parts of corals can be bought and sold (Bellwood et al., 2004). Although coral reefs allow for economic development, if