WIN a 7-Night MSC Cruise and Help Save Coral Reefs

Scientists currently estimate that 90 percent of coral reefs in the world’s oceans may be lost in the next two decades. With Super Bowl LIV in Miami on February 2, the Miami Super Bowl Host Committee along with NFL Stars have teamed up with MSC Cruises to raise awareness of the need to take action to protect and preserve coral reefs now. Continue reading to find out how you can get involved to help save coral reefs and you might even win a 7-night MSC cruise to Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve.

Coral reefs are among the most diverse ecosystems in the world and home to more than 25 percent of marine species. They serve as a food resource for half a billion people and protect coastal communities from storms and erosion. According to NOAA, some 84% of U.S. coral reefs are located within Florida alone. According to the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, scientists predict that 70-90% of coral reefs are in danger of dying out within the next two decades (2030-2050).

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Image courtesy MSC Cruises

Miami is the North American headquarters for MSC Cruises, and the cruise line has recently opened Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve in The Bahamas, 65 miles from Miami. Once an industrial sand excavation site, Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve has been transformed by MSC Cruises into a private island destination with a flourishing marine reserve. In addition to serving as a port for MSC Cruises, Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve in The Bahamas will become a center for applied research with “Super Coral.” Super Coral refers generally to types of coral species that better withstand environmental stresses while surrounding species have not.

Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve

Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve, image courtesy MSC Cruises

The MSC Foundation, working in collaboration with scientists and environmental experts, are identifying hardy Super Coral that have survived recent extreme ocean heat events and other impacts in the waters near Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve. By conducting research and studying and propagating “Super Coral” species, it is possible to restore coral reefs while enhancing their tolerance to future environmental change. This can provide a life-line for coral reefs in the region and ensuring their future survival.

What can you do? Individuals can get involved by purchasing a special edition Super Coral Play bracelet made of abandoned fishing nets known as ghost nets, to support research on Ocean Cay to find practical solutions for the survival of coral for future generations. For every campaign bracelet purchased, a Super Coral will be propagated at the Ocean Cay marine reserve off the coast of Miami.

Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve

Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve is surrounded by 64 square miles of protected waters
Photo credit: Conrad Schutt

Take action to help protect and preserve coral and reduce human impact on the environment. Head to the #SuperCoralPlay website to share the message through the power of music using the official Super Coral Play song; donate to the cause to support scientific research in Florida and at Ocean Cay into Super Coral and to make a simple change in their life or business operations that will positively impact the environment.

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Sunrise as the MSC Divina sails into Miami, FL, photo by Dave Parfitt

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About Dave Parfitt

Married, father of two girls, and living in the heart of the Finger Lakes. I'm a runner with a PhD in neuroscience and a passion for travel.