A Coral Reef Has Been Discovered In Italy

A Coral Reef Has Been Discovered In Italy
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And it's a good day for the environment

OT Staff
April 29 , 2019
01 Min Read

Coral reefs have had some bad press lately. First, with the news of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia dying due to climate change. Then, that Florida’s reef region is also slowly disappearing. It’s time for a change. Turns out, Italy gives us some good news. Scientists have recently found the existence of a coral reef in Italy—the country’s very first! The reef has been found in the Adriatic Ocean, near the town of Monopoli.

According to a study published on, this is the first description of Mediterranean mesophotic coral reef. “The bioconstruction extended for 2.5 km along the Italian Adriatic coast in the bathymetric range −30/−55 m,” the study says.

While these mesophotic coral reefs are highly widespread, they aren’t that well investigated and explored.  As per reports, researchers and scientists have already contacted the Puglia Region Office for Parks and Biodiversity Protection, to ask for restrictions on fishing and other activities to protect Italy’s newly found coral reef.

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