Can you eat coral?

Can you eat coral?

Coral breathes

That the presence of microplastics is a serious reality for the oceans was already known, as well as how they were altering the food chain of marine animals. However, new research has found that the changes taking place are even greater as a coral is found to prefer to feed on them rather than on its natural food.

The study, published by The Royal Society, scientists investigated the behavior of corals in the face of climate change. In particular, they relied on the study of Astrangia poculata, a native of shallow waters in the western Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. The samples were taken from the coast of Rhode Island, near the city of Providence, in the United States. Given the proximity to the city, the water has a large amount of plastic in it. The researchers focused on microplastics and found that each coral polyp contained about 100 particles of this element.

To arrive at this record, they conducted a two-phase investigation. In the first, they threw microplastics beads in coral tanks, i.e., those raised in captivity, along with shrimp eggs, the natural food of these corals. They then proceeded to open them and found that the amount of plastic in the polyps was twice that of the eggs. This data highlighted the coral’s preference for plastics over its favorite food when it comes to feeding.

Corals are on the move

Corals on the reef receive an almost continuous flow of nutrients, mainly zooplankton; ocean currents carry this protein-rich food from colder waters to reefs in tropical latitudes. This is something impossible to recreate in our aquariums, we can not throw zooplankton continuously without seriously deteriorating the quality of the water. But there are methods and practices that will significantly benefit the corals in our aquarium, let’s see what feeding mechanisms a coral has.

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A coral is able to absorb nutrients dissolved in the water through its tissue. And I am not only referring to the nitrogenous compounds that we are so concerned about (and that are so necessary even though some hobbyists strive to leave them at zero), but also fatty acids, amino acids, vitamins ….

In some aspects we cannot imitate Nature, it is not possible to maintain the flow of macro nutrients continuously without deteriorating the quality of the water, but we can provide this food, as well as amino acids and fatty acids in a controlled and discreet way.

The sea feeds itself

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Where corals live

For many consumers, parrotfish is a delicacy, which in Jamaica is usually prepared whole, either fried, steamed or in brown sauce. For ichthyologists, parrotfish are colorful, insatiable herbivores that spend about 90% of their day eating the algae that cover coral reefs. To conservationists, parrotfish are sand-making machines, turning the coral they eat into… you know: sand!

My friends, who are part of the consumer group I mentioned earlier, had no intention of angering conservationists. They are simply unaware of the impact their “delicacies” inflict on the environment and the importance of preserving this species.

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The Agrimonitor initiative has also decided to contribute and expand its scope to include the monitoring of policies that regulate and support the fisheries sector. The world’s first application of the Producer Support Estimate methodology for fisheries is about to be implemented and the first country to be analyzed could not be from anywhere else but the Caribbean. Stay tuned for more news from the Bahamas in the coming months!